These palm-shaped pastries, known as palmiers, are layered with a vanilla-flavored pastry cream and fresh strawberries.
- For the Palmiers:
- 1 portion Quick Puff Pastry or 1/2 of a 17 1/4-ounce package (1 sheet) frozen puff pastry, thawed and unfolded
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- For the Cream and Garnish:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups half and half or light cream
- 4 slightly beaten egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- Whole strawberries
Companion recipe: Quick Puff Pastry
FOR THE PALMIERS:
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or plain brown paper; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough (or sheet of purchased pastry) into a 14x10-inch rectangle. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pastry rectangle. Lightly press sugar mixture into the dough. Roll the 2 short sides, jelly-roll style, to meet in the center. Turn pastry roll over and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. If the roll is too soft to slice easily, chill it in freezer for a few minutes. Place slices 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 15-20 minutes, or till golden and crisp. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a rack.
FOR THE CREAM AND GARNISH:
In a heavy medium saucepan stir together sugar, flour, and salt. Slowly stir in half-and-half or light cream. Cook and stir over medium heat till mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Gradually stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into beaten egg yolks. Return all to saucepan. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Transfer pastry cream to a bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap and cool just till warm without stirring. To assemble, spread about 2 tablespoons of pastry cream over one side of half of the palmiers. Arrange sliced strawberries over pastry cream. Top each with another palmier. Garnish each palmier with a dollop of pastry cream and a whole berry.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
451 calories; 30g total fat; 135mg cholesterol; 213mg sodium; 40g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 6g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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