Saturday, 16 August 2014

Happy Day 2: Let's Go Ride a Bike!

#100HappyDays: Day 2
Loads of my friends ride bicycles and I decided I'd like to join them on sunny jaunts through the countryside. The only thing is I haven't ridden a bike since I was about 10 years old and I was a little scared, so Middle B came to the rescue and took me to the park with her bike to get me used to it all again. It is - as they say - just like riding a bike! I had a good old cycle round, she made me fiddle with the gears and after some time on the grass she made me ride on the tarmac just to see the difference. It was fun!

Middle B: 'I can imagine you on a bike... you like the outdoors, you go places.... you'd need a basket though for your shopping'
Me: 'that I would get from some farm shop three miles away or something. I would probably need paniers, things might fall out of a basket.'
Middle B: 'Palmiers?! Oh panniers, they'd be good. Filled with palmiers. We should make some palmiers later....'

So we did.


- half a roll of pre-packed puff pastry
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- water (though we used lemon juice)

- Take the puff pastry out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. This is because it is mostly butter so if you unroll it straight away it will be hard as a rock and most likely snap.

- Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. We experimented with raspberry and lemon as well, so we smooshed some raspberries in a bowl with some lemon rind and added a bit of sugar as an alternative filling.

- When it is ready, roll out. Brush the surface with water (or lemon juice) and then sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar evenly across the pastry making sure it comes right up to the sides.

- Roll from both ends to the middle, then wrap in cling film and put back in the fridge for about half an hour.

- After about 15 mins put the oven on at 180 C to warm up. Put some greaseproof paper on some baking trays. Take the pastry out of the fridge and start to cut them into 1cm slices.

- Place on the baking trays. Bake for about 20 mins, or according to the pastry packet instructions.

- Take them out when they are starting to brown. Move them immediately from the parchment to a wire rack and let them cool down. If you don't they will get stuck to the parchment. Trust us.

Ta daaaaaa!
The raspberry lemon ones ended up being a little more buttery while the cinnamon ones were more crispy. You could really try any filling - the fresh raspberries were pretty juicy and a bit messy, but you could probably used jam and get a similar, sweeter, less messy effect, or you could just just plain water and sugar rather than cinnamon. These are so easy to make, yet elegant enough to take to a friend as a gift.

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