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.
Turn oven on to Gas 6 or 200 degrees
- Unroll the puff pastry, leave on the paper it is wrapped up on.
- Using your hand. Sprinkle the pastry with sugar and then with the cinnamon
- 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.
- Flip the sheet over and repeat stages 3 and 4.
- Fold the sheet in half and gently press the crease down. Now unfold, the centre line should be clearly marked.
- Hold one edge and fold to the centre mark and repeat with the other side
- Now repeat stage 6
- Fold once more, you should have a long sausage length of pastry.
- Pop in Freezer for 15min
- 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.
- 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.