I made these delicious little pastries last weekend for our brunch, and they were a big hit.
I thought I'd share the recipe because they are sooooo easy to make. They are made with store-bought puff pastry so there's very little prep involved.
Read on for the recipe...
Spiced Cardamom & Poppyseed Palmiers
1 standard size package of puff-pastry (397 grams)
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup poppyseeds
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix poppyseeds, sugar and spices together. Set aside.
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface into a large thin rectangle (around 12 by 24 inches). Brush the entire surface with beaten egg. Scatter 1/3-1/2 of the poppyseed mix on top. Then fold the two shorter edges inwards to touch in the middle. Again brush the top with egg and scatter poppyseed mix on top. Again fold new outer edges to meet in the middle. Do this same procedure one last time (brush with egg, cover with poppyseeds). Then fold the pastry in half as if you were closing a book. You should have a long rectangular log looking thing at this point. Gently place on a nonstick baking try (I lined mine with parchment paper first), cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up.
After 30 minutes, use a sharp knife to cut into 1/2 inch slices. and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave plenty of space between the palmiers to allow for expansion.
Bake for around 20 minutes, until puffed and golden. Then cool on a wire rack.
Here's what they look like before they are baked. As they bake, they puff up and round out into that classic palmier shape.
ps: Here is a visual guide on how to fold palmiers