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Questions for Google

Unless you just crawled out of a rock, you would have known that Google has pretty much become a verb. If you don’t know how to make something, don’t know what that word means, don’t know what the difference is between two things – you just Google it!

Eversince starting this blog, I’ve seen questions or search items that people have been asking Google that has inevitably led to this blog. I feel like I have a personal obligation to answer these questions since somehow Google has pinged them to this blog, and I know that some of the answers just cannot be found here (not yet anyway!).

So, I’d thought that I would start this new series, where I try and answer these questions in the hope that the next time someone else with the same question comes here, they will know exactly what the answer is…

(Who am I kidding…I just wanted to share all the funny search terms that I’ve found :))

So Questions-for-Google of the month of May 2011…

Q: Can you just have puff pastry on it’s own?

A: Er….last time I checked…YES! In fact its the best thing ever 🙂
Try it, and you won’t turn back!
But please er…put it in the oven first.
If in doubt, google “how to eat puff pastry on its own”

Teehee…stay tuned for next month’s Questions for Google!

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Random


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Need a snack in a hurry? Chocolate Palmiers

The best thing since sliced bread…in my opinion? Frozen puff pastry!! You put anything on it, chuck it in the oven and it comes out tasting fantastic. You can even eat it on it’s own (like Gardenia). But on a half serious note, puff pastry makes life so much easier especially when it comes to making quick snacks or dessert. We had fellowship on Monday at BSF, so that means bringing something quick to share with everyone. And since I work full time, I needed something quick (and something sweet!) so I chose to make Chocolate Palmiers. It’s soooo easy, I guarantee it!

Hazelnut spread Nutella chocolate palmiers puff pastry

I got this idea from the Baking Cookbook introduced in the Crumpet post.

3 sheets of puff pastry
Nutella or any hazelnut spread (we used the cheaper version, Nutino :P)

First we had to prepare the ingredients, so we bought fresh hazelnuts from Angry Almonds – which I just found out, now trades as 2brothersfoods! – in Subiaco Station Street Markets (fantastic range!), then we roasted them in a tray using low heat (100 degrees) for about 15-20 minutes.

Whole-hazelnuts with skin

Turn up the oven heat to about 200 degrees. Then chop the roasted hazelnuts up into as fine or as rough as you want it. I like chunky bits, because I crunching into the nuts…I like to bite into ice cream too, which my husband considers a little weird. But that’s a story for another time.

Chopped hazelnuts Suntoku knife

Take the puff pastry out of the freezer and let it thaw. Then start spreading your hazelnut spread on it. I realized my spread wasn’t sticking because the surface was so smooth (and wet because of the condensation), so I spread it on the side where you peel the film off because it was a little drier. Then sprinkle the hazelnuts on top, as liberally or as stingy-ly as you like. What can I say, I like my nuts! (ok, that sounds wrong).

hazelnuts and hazelnut spread nutella

Then roll the puff pastry sides together until you get like a rolled up scroll – I like to roll it a bit tighter so that the tendency for it to unravel is less 😛 Then, when you have rolled it together, just put a little bit of water where the two ends meet so that it will stick.

Half rolled puff pastry with nutella and hazelnuts

Using a sharp knife, slice it up into about 1-1.5cm pieces and flatten it a little with a cake spreader (or anything that can be used to flatten it).

Chocolate hazelnut palmiers puff pastry

Then it’s as simple as sprinkling the sugar on top (once again, as liberal as you like) and then placing it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until it browns.

For best results, eat them immediately! But if you’re packing it for later, let it cool completely on a wire rack before putting it away, or it will get soggy (like some of mine did :() But there you go, guaranteed success with frozen puff pastry, and it’s such a simple thing to make too! So, if you’re so inclined to share, tell us what have you done with your frozen puff pastry?

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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Desserts, Fast Foodies, Snacks


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