Lent, it does feel like forever especially when you have given something up. In my case it has been C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E.

To be fair it has not been that bad, I probably should have given up the Gin & Tonic – that would have been harder although I might have substituted the gin with chocolate!!

The hard part has been when entertaining and have no time, inspiration or inclination for that matter to make a pudding. When I feel like that I tend to serve a cheese followed by a bar of really yummy chocolate broken into chunks. With no will power, I can’t even buy a bar of chocolate as any leftovers I will finish off so what to do instead which is quick and easy?

My new find/friend is Palmiers. They are simple to make and delicious, I can’t understand why I haven’t made them before. Add them to the school syllabus! Everyone should know how to make these.

This is for a sweet version but you can make a savoury one by substituting the sugar and cinnamon with grated cheese.

Cinnamon Palmiers:

Turn oven on to Gas 6 or 200 degrees

  1. Unroll the puff pastry, leave on the paper it is wrapped up on.
  2. Using your hand. Sprinkle the pastry with sugar and then with the cinnamon
  3. Grab a rolling pin and gently start at one end press the sugar and cinnamon down into the pastry, work your way down the length of pastry.
  4. Flip the sheet over and repeat stages 3 and 4.
  5. Fold the sheet in half and gently press the crease down. Now unfold, the centre line should be clearly marked.
  6. Hold one edge and fold to the centre mark and repeat with the other side
  7. Now repeat stage 6
  8. Fold once more, you should have a long sausage length of pastry.
  9. Pop in Freezer for 15min
  10. After 15 min remove from freezer and slice into 1.5cm slices and put on grease proof baking sheet and bake for 12 – 15 mins.
  11. Look at them after 12 mins if they are looking golden then flip them over and bake for more minutes. Remove from oven cool for a minute before sliding on to a cooling wrack to cool and crisp up.

Serve with fresh mint tea as an alternative to coffee and chocolate.

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