Friday, May 13, 2011

Little Citrus Palmiers & Spicy Parmesan Swirls

'May there always be Sunshine, May there always be Blue Skies, May there always be Little Hearts to nibble with a cup of Tea.' These cute little biscuits leave you to start your day fresh with a happy note of sweetness. I like both citrus version and spicy cheesy version, perfect to soothe your senses and chalk out the action plan for the day. Couple of weeks back, I was fascinated with this special Palmiers recipe put by 'The Cilantropist' on her blog. The moment I saw the recipe, I wanted to give it a shot. I mustered enuf courage and the required ingredients that very weekend, and here is the outcome of my experimentation with palmiers. The first time I tried this recipe, the palmiers got little burnt, so be careful about the timings in the oven. This is my second attempt and it came out really well. The recipe is simple, baking is little tricky but the baked biscuits are SUMPTUOUS... !

Ingredients for Citrus Palmiers:
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Orange Zest : 1/4 cup
A pinch of Salt
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry: 1/2 sheet

Puff pastry sheets by Pepperidge Farm and Ingredients for Palmiers

Method for Citrus Palmiers: 
Preheat the oven to 450 F and line the cookie tray with parchment paper.
Defrost the puff pastry.
Prepare Citrus mix by mixing confectioners sugar, orange zest, and salt in a bowl.

Citrus Mix made by mixing Sugar and Orange Zest

Sprinkle some flour on the board and roll out one puff pastry sheet.
Cut it in half using pizza cutter, rolling it thru the middle.
Pour 1/4 cup of the sugar/citrus mix on the puff pastry sheet.
Put another layer of pastry and again pour sugar/citrus mix. and spread it out.

Layering of the Pastry sheets with Citrus Mix

Fold two sides of the sheets halfway towards the middle, then fold them again so the two folds meet exactly in the middle of the sheets.

Again fold one half over the other half, as though you were closing a book.
this will form a stack of dough with 6 layers.  

Folding Pastry Sheets like a Book

Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the sheets and place them cut side up on the prepared baking sheet about 1-inch apart.  

Cutting The Palmiers filled with Citrus Mix

Bake the palmiers in the preheated oven until the sugar gets caramelized fro approx 6-7 minutes.Swiftly remove the palmiers from the oven and flip them over gently with a spatula, and return them to the oven to bake for another 3-5 minutes. Be careful, in handling the palmiers or cookie tray, its really hot. Keep an eye so that sugar doesn't get burnt, quickly transfer the palmiers to cooling rack and enjoy.

Aren't these Little Beauties amazing !!!

Ingredients for Spicy Parmesan Swirls
Grated Parmesan Cheese : 1/2 cup
Red Pepper powder : 1/2 Tsp
A pinch of Salt
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry: 1/2 sheet

Our Ingredients for Spicy Parmesan Swirls

Recipe of Spicy Parmesan Swirls
In a bowl, mix Parmesan cheese with paprika and dash of salt. 
Defrost the puff pastry sheets.
Spread the cheese mix evenly on the pastry sheets with a spoon or spatula.

Roll the sheets tightly to make a circular disk.
Cut the sheets into thin strips with a sharp knife.

Rolling the Layered Sheets to make Swirls

Bake the strips on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper for 5 minutes at 450 degrees F.
Flip the swirls swiftly and bake for another 2-3 minutes. 

Let'em cool down for a while & enjoy your parmesan swirls.

Here they are... Ready to go - Enjoy !!!

These Spicy Parmesan Swirls were too addictive. 
I wasn't left with a single swirl to save for later.....just kept munching with a cup of hot Tea.... !!!


  1. Oooh! The spicy parmesan swirls are just begging me to take them to the BBQ I've been invited to on Sunday :) Great recipes, well done!

  2. Citrus Palmiers is childhood for me :) My grandmother used to have these at home! Lovely recipe!

  3. Sonia, I love flaky pies/snacks....This citrus palmiers look soo good! Your pictures are always good, so I can see every detail and want to eat even more! It looks easy enough as long as I look at the pictures. Maybe I can bake this...:-D

  4. loved both versions of palmers.Both looks lovely too.

  5. Oooh, Lovely! Absolutely beautiful, Sonia. My mouth is watering now...

    I could eat your citrus palmiers right now :)

    Have a beautiful day,


  6. Both version of palmiers are looking super good..would love to nibble these beautiful elephant ears.

  7. I m loving it...
    This is pure coincedence.. I have popped out 2 pkts of puff pastry for my evening party.. thinking to make a savory tart / puff...
    looks like i need to have a go on this..

  8. So pretty and marvellous palmiers...

  9. I LOVE the idea of the parmesan swirls, and the citrus palmiers turned out perfectly too! I agree with you that they can be tricky to bake - the sugar turns from perfectly caramelized to burnt relatively quickly - but the result is totally worth it. I can't wait to try your savory version! ;)

  10. Thank You so much guys for the lovely words and liking the palmiers....cheers, Sonia !

  11. Cute Parmesan swirls. You have a lovely space. happy to follow you.
    Do visit mine when time permits.

  12. Pretty looking palmiers... I would love the citrus version but DH would love the parmesan one.. Superb click!

  13. Oh, lovely! Both versions are fantastic. What great flavors.



  14. What a great idea - i am going to have to try this. What a great appetizer. Nice post!

  15. Oh please don't make me choose, Sonia. Each and every one looks absolutely scrumptious!!!

    Of course, I would never attempt such a thing of beauty but boy I sure wish I would get the courage one day. Perhaps...

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  16. oh dear! you wrote it again .. i thought everything will be back as normal. You know how much I loved these swirls and to not have it your recipe list would be a shame I know !!

  17. Oh Sonia can't even imagine that these wonderful swirls can be made at home.Looks too Crispy and Yummy...!!!!

  18. I saw these when Amanda posted them. Now, after seeing your I have to make some. They look amazing. Thanks for reminding me and sharing your wonderful photos.

  19. Fresh and flavourful. Gorgeous shots.super like!

  20. Wow those look so so inviting!..great pictures..

  21. Wow now my expectations of what can be baked at home is really getting high..they look so tempting and flaky too. Visiting first time but will now check out more!!

  22. Love how cute yet simple these are to make. Great step-by-step photos, too.


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