A Girl Named Dan. (deepfriedxanax) wrote in vegancooking,
A Girl Named Dan.

Orejas or Palmiers

Hello all. This is my first time posting in this community. I made orejas or palmiers (orejas if you are Mexican, palmiers if you are French). Same thing, but I was unaware the French made these as well. Heh. I grew up in Los Angeles eating these things with my family. We normally bought them from a local panaderia. Sadly, where I am now there are no panaderias that I have found, so I said, "Hey! I can bake things! I can damn sure bake some orejas and pan dulce!" So I did. Totally delicious.
Normally I do vegan baking. I was able to adapt a recipe I found by Ina Garten for palmiers on the Food Network website. I only had foil around to work with and it seems to have worked fine. Also, I only made a half batch because I am cool like that. Sorry about the crappy quality of photos.

Come on. What could possibly be bad about puff pastry and sugar?

Did someone say tamarindo and orejas? Why yes! Someone did!

Recipe anyone? (I would like to reiterate that this recipe is by Ina Garten.)

2 cups granulated sugar *I used a vegan sugar*
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted (recommended: Pepperidge Farm) *Pepperridge Farm puff pastry also happens to be vegan*

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 

Combine the sugar and kosher salt. Pour 1 cup of the sugar/salt mixture on a flat surface such as wooden board or marble. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry onto the sugar and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture on top, spreading it evenly on the puff pastry. This is not about sprinkling, it's about an even covering of sugar. With a rolling pin, roll the dough until it's 13 by 13-inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on top and bottom. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book. You will have 6 layers. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place the second sheet of pastry on the sugared board, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar mixture, and continue as above. (There will be quite a bit of sugar left over on the board.) Slice and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment.

Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until caramelized and brown on the bottom, then turn with a spatula and bake another 3 to 5 minutes, until caramelized on the other side. Transfer to a baking rack to cool. Makes approximately 40 to 45.

So, so easy and cheap to make. There are also different ways to fold them so they look like palms or butterflies or whatever if you want. I hiiiiighly recommend you try these though.

Cross-posted to bakebakebake and food_porn.
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