Chocolate-Orange Palmiers

Make these sweet and crispy puff pastries made using chocolate and orange peel - a perfect French dessert.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 2 hr 5 min
  • ingredients 4
  • servings 30
 

Ingredients

1
cup sugar
1
package (17.3 oz) frozen puff pastry, thawed
1
tablespoon grated orange peel
6
oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Pour 1/2 cup of the sugar on work surface or large cutting board. Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet on sugared board. With tapered rolling pin and pressing firmly, roll pastry to 11-inch square, pressing sugar into pastry.
  • 2 In food processor, place remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the orange peel. Cover; pulse, using quick off-and-on motions, until orange peel is well blended into sugar.
  • 3 Sprinkle 1/4 cup orange sugar over puff pastry sheet. Beginning at 1 long side, tightly roll up dough to center of square. Repeat to roll up other side so 2 rolls are touching and rolled tightly to meet in middle; quickly roll in sugar on work surface. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; refrigerate. Repeat process with remaining puff pastry, sugar (on work surface) and orange sugar. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 4 Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Cut chilled rolls crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. On cookie sheets, place slices about 2 inches apart.
  • 5 Bake 15 minutes, turning with spatula after 11 or 12 minutes, or until deep golden brown and sugar is caramelized. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool completely.
  • 6 In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave chocolate uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds until chocolate is melted and can be stirred smooth. Dip half of each palmier in melted chocolate, or drizzle chocolate over palmiers with fork, allowing excess to drip off. Let stand until chocolate is set. (Refrigerate 30 minutes for chocolate to set up faster.)
  • 1 Pour 1/2 cup of the sugar on work surface or large cutting board. Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet on sugared board. With tapered rolling pin and pressing firmly, roll pastry to 11-inch square, pressing sugar into pastry.
  • 2 In food processor, place remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the orange peel. Cover; pulse, using quick off-and-on motions, until orange peel is well blended into sugar.
  • 3 Sprinkle 1/4 cup orange sugar over puff pastry sheet. Beginning at 1 long side, tightly roll up dough to center of square. Repeat to roll up other side so 2 rolls are touching and rolled tightly to meet in middle; quickly roll in sugar on work surface. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; refrigerate. Repeat process with remaining puff pastry, sugar (on work surface) and orange sugar. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 4 Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Cut chilled rolls crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. On cookie sheets, place slices about 2 inches apart.
  • 5 Bake 15 minutes, turning with spatula after 11 or 12 minutes, or until deep golden brown and sugar is caramelized. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool completely.
  • 6 In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave chocolate uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds until chocolate is melted and can be stirred smooth. Dip half of each palmier in melted chocolate, or drizzle chocolate over palmiers with fork, allowing excess to drip off. Let stand until chocolate is set. (Refrigerate 30 minutes for chocolate to set up faster.)

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

When you’re working with puff pastry, always refrigerate it between steps so it’s nicely chilled and firm before going into the oven to bake.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
122
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Sodium
80mg
80%;
Total Carbohydrate
16g
16%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.