Palmiers, elephant ears, Schweineohren, cœur de France…whatever you call them, these sugar laced puff pastry bites make for the perfect mid-afternoon treat. Sweet and crisp on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside. And best of all? They’re surprisingly easy to make! I’ve made my own puff pastry here, but you could just as easily use ready rolled pastry…no one need ever know!
You will need:
250 g plain four, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 175 g butter
1. Sift plain flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in 60 g of the butter until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. 2. Add 100 ml of water and bring the mixture together to form a soft and elastic dough. Chill in fridge for 15 mins. 3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it forms a large rectangular shape. 4. Dot the rest of your butter over two thirds of the dough, then fold over the unbuttered side.
5. Fold the dough over again, turn the dough over and roll over again. Chill in fridge for a further 15 mins. 6. Repeat the rolling and folding process three more times, chilling in fridge in between each turn. 7. Roll the ends of the rectangular sheet until they meet in the middle. 8. Cut into thin slices, sprinkle generously with sugar and bake at 180 c until golden.