Note: This recipe has been adapted from "Kitchen of Light: New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad" by Andreas Viestad. Text copyright 2003 by Andreas Viestad. Photographs copyright 2003 by Mette Randem. Reprinted by permission of Artisan.
Palmiers, sometimes called palm leaves, are made with puff pastry folded several times, then sliced, to create a distinctive heart-shaped coil design. Ginger syrup and spiced sugar make these crisp French cookies festive and fragrant.
These multilayered sweets satisfy on a few levels. We've improved on the patisserie classic by filling its dense, buttery pastry layers with piped ruffles of almond-infused cream and a sprinkling of crushed praline. A crisp shard of the nut-studded candy caps off each serving.