Monday, September 29, 2008

Palmiers




Palmiers have been my favorite cookie ever since I lived in France in fourth grade. They are a very simple cookie consisting of layers of puff pastry and sugar, they shouldn't be too dry and flaky nor should they be squishy and moist. I have been on a pursuit to find a palmier that tastes most like a French one, I still have not found one. We were fortunate enough to visit Paris last year and I couldn't wait to finally get a good palmier. On our first day in Paris I planned a little picnic in the park across from the Eiffel Tower. I stopped at the fromagerie to get a plateau de fromage pour les enfants, amazingly the merchant knew I was asking for a cheese plate my kids would enjoy. Next stop was the bakery for baguettes and palmiers. We set up our little picnic on a bench near a man playing fetch with his little dog. They looked like they came from Central Casting, perfectly Parisian! The kids only liked the brie, the rest of the cheeses were a little too pungent. Finally it was time for our palmiers, I had talked these cookies up for years and the anticipation was palpable. At the very moment I was bringing my cookie to my lips, a sopping wet rubber ball whacked my hand,and the cookie fell in the dirt. I had been slimed by the French guy's ball he was throwing to his dog and I lost my cookie! Sadly, we didn't get another chance for palmiers, my longing continues.

12 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I think I'd have wept.

Sarah said...

That is the saddest story I've read in a while. The fact that it involves the loss of a dessert makes it even more tragic! I will send positive vibes your way. :)

Linda Crispell said...

Sarah-Thanks for sending positive vibes, but I could really use a cookie.
Linda

farmerjulie said...

oh no...so sad. i am hungry now.

KitschKrafts said...

Man, I love those cookies too. I feel for your loss and I am actually a little teary-eyed after reading this sad tale.....

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Hello,

Palmiers! My Dad's favorites!

~ Gabriela ~

PJ's talkin'.... said...

Oh, Linda, that is terrible! Awful, horrible! I did a local art show. They had the best volunteers. Anyway, they served us treats they had made. NOW I know what those cookies were. They weren't very sweet, just a tad of sugar, not soft, not hard. They were to die for. Don't have a clue who made them, but keeping my fingers crossed they have them again in May 2009. I'll eat one for you! I know I'm mean...:) hugs, PJ

Karen from A`Musements said...

This is SUCH a sad state of affairs... I am the hostess at the annual Christmas gathering, and each year one of the cookies I make is palmiers! Come see me, and I'll make you your OWN batch. (I think the French would NOT approve of me referring to their wonderful little flaky delights by the 'batch' but ooooooh how I love them!)
Actually, you can cheat and use Peperidge Farm Puff Pastry, and it is a snap! (That way you get to load just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar) And, just to really amp up the volume (since a pastry made almost entirely of butter and sugar isn't quite ENOUGH), I like a fair sized bowl of homemade whipped cream to dunk.... I know... another thing the French would probably not approve of... 'dunking' their little tidbits).
xoxo
Karen
I'll leave the porch light on for you Linda!

Linda said...

I always love your blog. And I loooove the music... "Am I Blue"...great rendition.

Beth Quinn said...

ohhh that is soo awful , i would have been so bummed !!! hopefully you will found something similiar - i found this french cookies at trader joes they are called madelines - they are soo wonderful !!
how cool that you got to live in france !!!
xo,
beth

Saucy said...

Easily the saddest cookie story ever told. You must go back and get one.

Superbadfriend said...

I am so sorry my dear, but I had a wonderful warm chuckle at your sorrowful tale. *giggles*

5 second rule darling. You totally should have eaten that cookie.

xoxoxo

PS I will ask my friend who happens to be French Pastry Chef here in Chicago how we can fill your belly with some fresh authentic Palmiers.