It’s back to a more manageable every-other-week schedule for Baked Sunday Mornings, and this is our first project out of the new Baked Occasions, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This is a great book; I can say that with confidence since I either tested or tasted just about every recipe in the book. I get a pass on the cake made of Rice Krispies due to my rice allergy.
These palmiers are a great way for us to kick off baking through the new book. On first glance, they seem kind of plain and ordinary, but they’re anything but. They’re extraordinarily buttery, very flaky and they have a kick, thanks to a bit of cayenne pepper added to the cinnamon sugar.
I’ve made a lot of puff pastry – the more laborious kind that involves a butter block and multitudes of letter folds. But more often, I make a rough puff pastry just like this one – pulse it in the food processor, and then give it a minimal amount of turns to create some layers. It works great, and is significantly easier and quicker than a properly made puff pastry. And most important, it gives the impression that you’ve spent hours of laboring over dough.
Once the dough is ready (it can be made ahead of time), the cookies are very quick to make – just roll them up with some of the cinnamon sugar, slice and bake. Don’t want to bother with the dough? Use an all-butter, store bought puff pastry (such as Dufour brand), and follow the instructions to roll, slice and bake. You’ll still love the results.
For the recipe and to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings bakers fared, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings.
- Election Palmiers (Baked Occasions, p. 208)
I haven’t read about the rice krispie cake yet, but now I am anxious to check it out! So many interesting treats in this book!
It looks so interesting! Agree, there are so many things I want to make out of the book.
I am really forward to Occasions and will be thinking about you when I am making the “gay cake.” Congratulations on your write-up, you deserve it!
Thanks Nicole! Please don’t curse me too much when it comes to The Gay Cake. Hehehe….
Oh, that Gay Cake. Speaking as another tester on that, I may pass when that rolls around and just post my test pics! LOL
Great looking cookies! I made the rice crispy cake….it did not go well. sigh.
Oh no, Sandra! Same problems as during testing? With the marshmallow topping?
Ruh-roh! I am very excited for that one…
Sandra – see my comment to Sheri below. None of the “Baked Occasions” recipes I’ve started with are turning out very well. :-( I’m taking consolation in the success of a few of the test recipes I did so far. This book better get better for me! LOL
These were good, but too labor-intensive for me… and we ended up throwing most of them out because they get stale FAST. I wouldn’t make them again. It was an interesting recipe, but no huge shakes. I tried the ultra-lemony cake recently and that came out awful… I’m not having an exciting start with “Baked Occasions”! LOL… I do know a few of my test recipes were good, so there’s that consolation at least! I’m a little scared with how I’m starting out though! Your palmiers are lovely!!!
Just perfect, Sheri! I’m looking forward to more of your stories as we work through this book!
Your coils are GORGEOUS. Did you roll into the middle from the short sides, or did you roll out your dough really thin? I’m not sure why most of the other bakers had more coils than mine. Anyway, I agree that this was an awesome way to start off Baked Occasions. I did at first have the impression that they wouldn’t be that exciting, but I was wrong, very wrong! Just loved ’em, and so did the hubby and co-workers. Want more.
I second Dafna – your coils are beautiful! I LOVE palmiers and the spicy kick is perfect. This was my third pass at these – I made them a second time after testing them because everyone including me wanted more! :)