WHAT ARE PALMIERS? AND WHY IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THEM? Well, maybe not everyone.

A palmier is a classic French pastry.  And it’s best eaten you-know-where.

Palmier is the French word for palm tree. (It’s pronounced palm-me-ay.) Eaten for breakfast or dessert, it’s also known as a palm leaf cookie or an elephant ear.

Personally, I can’t connect this classic pastry with either.

This little heartthrob comes from Ladurée on Avenue des Champs Elysées.  Wanna peek?  http://www.laduree.fr/fr/scene

Not going to Paris for the weekend? No problem.  I stumbled on a recipe for Very Simple Palmiers.  Two ingredients ~ puff pastry and Nutella.  Now that’s a fusion made in heaven.

Very Simple Palmiers

Spread puff pastry. Lather on Nutella. Roll it up from both sides and meet in the middle. Slice it into thin pieces and lay the slices on parchment-covered cookie sheet. Chill 20 min.  Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Here’s my happy mutation….

Well, this version isn’t exactly haute gastronomie, but then there isn’t a boulangerie on every corner where I live.

And so, I consider my fauxpalmier to be a minimalist masterpiece.  And ~ there’s still plenty of Nutella left in the jar.

Do you have a must-eat French pastry?  Tell us about your fave black-tie vittles.

Toni 10/17/12