Serve these elegant citrus Palmier hearts to your guests for dessert or tea. Or Valentines Day! Buttery and flaky with a hit of orange-lemon zest. Mmm.
I’ve been meaning to try these Palmiers (also called elephant ears) for years. I decided to give them a shot for Valentines Day because they were shaped like hearts. Well I must say, they were very easy to make. Five ingredients, about 30 minutes and … voila!
Lots of recipes out there, as usual, and they’re all pretty much the same with some minor tweaks. I decided to add a citrus lemon-orange zest flavour which I always like.
Unfortunately, my sister called during the last 5 minutes of baking and distracted me, so the ones you see in the pictures are slightly over baked. They should be a lighter golden brown, not as dark as these. I found out that if you over bake them, they get too crunchy. Mind you, my husband (my Valentine) liked them well enough to wolf down 6 in a row.
The timing will depend on how thick you slice the dough, so just watch carefully in the last few minutes. I sprinkled some leftover citrus sugar on the Palmiers before I baked them, adding a nice caramelized finish. These can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container or bag. And they freeze well.
- omit the citrus zest or use all lemon zest or all orange zest
- add a 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the sugar mixture (with or without the zest)
- add some cardamon spice to the sugar mixture.