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Heart-Shaped Palmiers with Chocolat Chaud and Fres...

Heart-Shaped Palmiers with Chocolat Chaud and Fresh Whipped Cream

whipped cream and palmiers

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Is it a day that you enjoy because you spend time with loved ones? Is it a day that makes you feel pressured to buy the right thing for the right person? Or is it a day that makes you feel lonely because you have not yet found the right person? It never ceases to amaze me how much emotion or stress one holiday can stir up.

Although Valentine’s Day was traditionally a day of romance in Europe, it was Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts who in 1847 created and popularized the mass produced Valentines Day card, creating, in essence, the original Hallmark holiday.

palmier collage

What do we do in our house on Valentine’s Day? Nothing. Sound unromantic?

Here’s a story for you. Two days ago after working on the floors in our old house, I fell down the long twisted staircase in our front hallway and got pretty banged up. My husband rushed over, packed me in ice, sat with me until I felt better, set me up with the computer, made me lunch and made me laugh. Since I can only stand on my left leg for 5 minutes at a time, he even made the puff pastry used in this recipe so I could write this blog post. To me, this is romance. No cash outlay. No corporate sponsored nationally designated holiday. Just friendship and love, daily.

So here’s to love and friendship. If you feel lonely, treat yourself to a museum or special activity that makes you feel good without breaking the bank. If you feel pressured, ask yourself why. If you feel loved, thank your lucky stars and don’t take it for granted. And if you feel hungry, make these cookies, share them with a good friend and laugh while you sip the hot chocolate and reach for another scoop of whipped cream.

Most importantly, love yourself…the rest will follow.

bowl of hot chocolate

Heart-Shaped Palmiers and Chocolat Chaud with Fresh Whipped Cream

(Palmiers are a French cookie made of puff pastry and sugar. The word Palmier means Palm Tree in French. Chocolat Chaud is French for hot chocolate.)

Palmiers

1 completed recipe puff pastry (I recommend the recipe in the book Baking with Julia, written by Dorie Greenspan)
1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread out 1/2 cup of sugar onto a large silicone baking sheet. Place the puff pastry on the sugar and roll it out into a rectangle 24″X12″. Spread 1/2 cup sugar evenly over the dough. Turn the pastry so that it is facing you horizontally. Fold the bottom edge of the dough up so that it lies in the middle and the top edge of the dough down so that it lies in the middle. The two edges should now touch each other in the middle. Next, fold the left side in halfway so that it lies in the middle. Fold the right side in halfway so that it lies in the middle. Both sides should now meet in the center. Next, take what remains and fold it in half so that the left side meets the right side, like you’re closing a book. Chill for 20 minutes. Slice along the short end into about 1/2 inch slices and place flat on cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats. Fan out slighly at the top and pinch at the bottom to create a heart shape. Remember to allow room on your baking sheets because each cookie will triple in size. Because the dough needs to stay cold before it is baked, you may want to only work with a few slices at a time. Bake for about 8 minutes and flip. If there is not enough carmelization on the back, bake for a few minutes longer. Cool on baking rack.

Chocolat Chaud with Fresh Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
4 tbs. powdered sugar
85 grams chopped dark chocolate
2 cups whole milk
2 tbs. powdered dry milk

Whip cream in a stand mixture with powdered sugar until you have whipped cream. Set aside.

Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute. Add chopped chocolate, powdered milk and heat for an additional minute. Remove and stir to blend in chocolate. Heat for an additional 30 seconds or until hot. Top with whipped cream and eat with Palmiers.

hot chocolate and palmier

Happy Valentine’s Day and Bon Appetit!

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  1. a tasteful garden

    14 February

    you fell down the stairs?? that’s horrible! i hope you are resting and healing up.
    your palmiers look divine as does the fresh whipped cream (nothing beats that does it?). kudos to your lovely husband for stepping in to help out. a true best friend who’s always there for you is the best valentine’s gift a girl can have ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. justforlicks

    14 February

    Everything about this post is beautiful. The photos make me want to curl up with a palmier and hot chocolate and just take a break.

  3. Megan

    14 February

    This is such a beautiful post. I hope you’re doing better! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Sari

    14 February

    Your husband made a puff pastry? I’ve never made it myself! You are so lucky! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope your leg heals fast. I love the first photo of the whipped cream. I want to dive into it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Happy Valentine’s Day! The story is romance and chivalry at its best. You two are very lucky!

  6. Marti

    14 February

    What a sweet life you have worked out with your husband! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for writing such a quietly romantic post.

  7. Julie Ann

    14 February

    This is beautiful. You actually made me cry.

  8. Asha @ FSK

    14 February

    Oh No! Howz your leg now?? Hope you are feeling better…

    I know what you mean.. it’s the everyday things that show love.. last week, I had the flu and hub made me chicken soup from scratch… Felt so blessed… and you are right.. can’t take love for granted ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wish you a ton of being loved and a speedy recovery!

  9. Anonymous

    14 February

    You have no idea how much this post meant to me tonight. About 3 hours ago I had a fight with my husband about what he didn’t get me for Valentine’s Day. I got all caught up in not getting something that showed he loved me. After reading this I realized that all I wanted was his attention and friendship again. We hardly spend anytime together anymore. I showed him this post and he seemed to finally get what I was trying to say. He seemed relieved that it was him I wanted and not material goods. i’m writing this anonymously because I’m way embarrassed that I acted so silly and could not express myself better. He’s going to take a day off next week so we can hang out and go to the movies like we used to. Thanks El. This really, really helped me. Gorgeous photos by the way!!!

  10. Kim

    14 February

    Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful pictures of food. Do you sell these? If not, you should. I just found this blog and it is incredible. I’m loving it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  11. Rose

    14 February

    I love these but I thought they are called Elephant Ears. No? Palmier sounds nicer. Thanks for including something to make in the microwave. If I try to make the pastry I’ll need something easy! Nice pics!!

  12. ABowlOfMush

    15 February

    I love palmiers to death!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Look at that hot chocolate!! Wow!

  13. Nuts & Berries

    15 February

    Yum Yum! Great goodies.

  14. russian doll

    15 February

    thank you for your comment on my cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your blog is so wonderful! I’ve been following it on bloglovin ever since I signed up!

  15. Rosa's Yummy Yums

    15 February

    Oh, yummy! That is lovely!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  16. Karine

    15 February

    Great post! I also had an accident last weekend which required my spouse to bring me to the hospital. I do believe Valentine’s Day is celebrated not just one day of the year but every day by love and friendship.

    You have a great dessert to celebrates V-Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Anna

    15 February

    This is a beautiful post and you seem to capture my thoughts on the day exactly. Sometimes its fun to celebrate with good food or small treats, but shouldn’t be a huge deal. And thanks for reminding everyone that loving yourself is most important! Wonderful, as always!

  18. Ellen

    15 February

    This is a thoughtful post and the photos are spectacular. RU feeling better? Hope you didn’t break anything!

  19. fresh65

    15 February

    What a perfect Valentine’s post. Your husband is so sweet! Hope you had a great day!

  20. Mimi

    15 February

    So sorry about your injury! Your husband did a wonderful job on the puff pastry. A lovely post.
    We have never been big on commercial Valentines. All thorough elementry school, my children made their own Valentines for their classmates and each other. For me, Valentines Day is just another excuse to spoil my children and husband with “kitchen” love.
    Mimi

  21. El

    15 February

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  22. Gemma

    15 February

    Luv it El. Just fabulous!!

  23. megan

    15 February

    what a beautiful story about love! ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship. And your pictures are just beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Girl, you know how to bake. Such incredible photography too!!

  25. Janice

    15 February

    The stairs? That’s awful. Are you OK? Glad you have hubs and this great dessert to help you recover.

  26. Tracey

    15 February

    What a lovely post El! If your husband making puff pastry isn’t love, I don’t know what is ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re feeling a bit better today, sounds like a nasty spill. Great photos as always!

  27. Ash

    15 February

    I’ve always wanted to make these!! they look amazing!

  28. Ash

    15 February

    ohhh, your husband is such a sweetie!! how nice!
    get better soon!

  29. The palmiers look so crispy and delicious. They remind me so much of my childhood. Thank you for the recipe.

    Nisrine

  30. Anali

    15 February

    I swear I can smell this post and it smells goooood!! Thank you for the interactive post.

    Belated Happy Valentine’s Day El! โ™ฅ

  31. Jamie

    15 February

    Wow! You are an incredible photographer. I’m sorry about your fall but it looks like this dessert more than made up for it!

  32. Damaris

    16 February

    “love yourself…the rest will follow” is a brilliant thought. Thanks for this posted. It was much needed.

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about your leg. I hope you’re feeling better!
    Your husband sounds like a wonderful person. Happy Valentine’s day to you both! Even if it is belated… I think that when you have found the love of your life you must celebrate it all the time, not with gifts but in a quiet, appreciative way, just like you said.

    I have the book “Baking with Julia” but I’ve never made these palmiers before. They look gorgeous! And your whipped cream, oh, I want a spoonful of that!
    Magda

  34. Mowielicious

    16 February

    Awwww, how cute – such a romantic little story. And those palmiers look divine – I had an almost insane craving for them the other day, went to the bakery and bought six – ate them all in 5 minutes. Now I’m scared of making them – I might never stop eating them. Gorgeous photos xxx

  35. Oh goodness! I hope you get better soon!

    These palmiers look terrific.

  36. This looks great. The fresh whipped cream looks so delicate. Everything looks perfect. Job well done. Hoping for your next post.

    :)…

  37. Your husband made the puff pastry for you! If my husband (who practically blows up the kitchen when he tries to cook) ever made puff pastry for me it would be a V Day miracle!

    Your photos are so beautiful. I especially love the little palmier resting against the window.

    ps: I hope you are feeling better!

  38. Sara

    17 February

    Looks wonderful. More inspiration to “whip up” a batch of puff pastry for the freezer.

  39. Rambling Tart

    17 February

    Oh, El, I’m so sorry to hear of your accident. How dreadful! I’m so glad you have such a dear man to love on you and help you feel better. These are beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Lindsey

    17 February

    Oh El, this is beautiful. I just love what you did with the pictures. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  41. Megan Gordon

    17 February

    Really, really sweet post, El.
    I’m sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you’re on the mend now. I like what you say about loving yourself first and the rest will follow. A tough lesson to learn, but the biggest truth out there ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy belated V-day.

  42. Anonymous

    17 February

    so elegant and so thoughtful.

  43. ivorypomegranate

    18 February

    I’m so sorry that you fell down the stairs, but that is such a sweet story! That’s what love is all about, not fussy roses or pink presents!

  44. Deeba PAB

    18 February

    โ™ฅ the palmiers, and chocolate chaud is new to me & vey intriguing! Gorgeous post!!

  45. I agree with justforlicks: everything about this post IS beautiful. Do you know what my husband and I did for Valentine’s Day? Took turns watching our 4-year-old so we could each take a much needed (and well deserved) nap. Now THAT is romance ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. kamran siddiqi

    18 February

    I didn’t know that you fell, until reading this post! Sucks, but you’re lucky that your husband is such a good one! I have not yet made puff pastry for the blog yet, but when I do, I’ll be happy that I got it over with.

    As for this post. YUmm! I make Palmiers very frequently and absolutely adore them! Great post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Nadia

    18 February

    Beautiful post, and gorgeous site. The photos are so sweet, especially the one with the Palmiers perched against the window.

  48. El

    18 February

    Thank you for the well wishes and kind words everyone. Nothing is broken, just a sprained knee and ankle. It’s not recovering fast enough for me. I have too much to do and all I can do is sit here and look at a pile of boxes that need to be unpacked! Oh well, this too shall pass.

    Karine – I’m sorry you had to visit the hospital but I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Kim – if you want to buy a photo, just email me.

    Anonymous – glad you worked things out with your hubby.

    Lastly, these palmiers are really addictive. We ate them all!

  49. foodielove

    19 February

    I love this post. Sorry about your injury!

  50. Memรณria

    19 February

    I know everyone has said this already, but this was truly a love post. I agree that every day should be day of expressed love. Even though I’m sorry that you hurt your leg, I’m glad you have someone who supports you in your time of need.

    The palmiers he made look absolutely stunning, and the hot chocolate looks so comforting. Take care!

  51. Merisi

    19 February

    I am so sorry to read that you are still suffering from the fallout of your accident! I hope you get well soon!

    If those palmiers tasted half as good as they look, their taste have have been heavenly! Simply gorgeous images, all!

    Get well soon!

  52. my spatula

    19 February

    palmiers are some of my favorites. hope you are better soon!

  53. sansi

    19 February

    this is one of the most beautiful blogs I have ever seen. we’re have you been?

  54. Cocina Savant

    20 February

    Splendid valentine’s day idea. I am glad I ran across your blog. Fascinating recipes and photos.

  55. Carla

    20 February

    Whenever I need to slow down and appreciate life I go to your blog. Your pics are amazing and full of grace. Thank you

  56. Lori

    21 February

    I would love to have a husband that makes pastry. Where did you find him? Dreamy post too.

  57. Jo

    23 February

    Oh no, I hope you are better and not bruised whatsoever! I think you hubby is so cute. There is really nothing like someone to care for you when you are ill. My hubby does that as well and he’ll cook noodle or something like whenever I’m sick. Hope you had a great V Day celebration.

  58. I think it’s nice to make Valentine’s Day your own special day, not any of the prescribed notions that we’re supposed to do. Having your darling Mr. Fresh New England make puff pastry sounds like the most romantic thing I can think of — and a beautiful post, as well! My Valentine’s Day gift was Mr. Wasabi getting rid of the old boat that’s been sitting in our backyard!

  59. Megan

    23 February

    That whipped cream looks absolutely delicious-yum!

  60. Danielle

    23 February

    Sorry to hear about your fall! Hope your left leg is slowly getting better with all the TLC from your husband ๐Ÿ™‚ Valentine’s Day in our home is exactly the same too – no cheesy declarations of love, but lots of small, day-to-day gestures that mean so much.

  61. Tami

    23 February

    i love how thoughtful this post is. i hope someday I meet a guy as thoughtful as your husband. who wouldn’t want to marry someone who brings you this for dessert!

  62. OH wow, your photos look heavenly!

  63. Fimรจre

    26 February

    c’est trรจs savoureux et tes photos sont magnifiques, bravo
    bonne journรฉe

  64. barbara

    26 February

    Incredible and beautiful!

  65. Stevie

    26 February

    I so appreciate the palmier. So many layers. So flaky. Not too sweet. yum. Your photos as always are stunning.

  66. Denise A.

    27 February

    This is an oh so beautiful post. How are you feeling now?

  67. Skip to Malou

    28 February

    this post is so beautiful.. i was moved by it!

  68. El

    28 February

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the post. Denise, it’s not better yet because I keep standing on it! Too much to do. Thanks for asking.

  69. A Canadian Foodie

    28 February

    You got me! Absolutely beautiful photography, recipes and a lot of love in this post. I love playing with my cookies and my camera, too!
    Wish I was there. YUM!
    XO
    Valerie

  70. Anonymous

    28 February

    How I love this blog & this post. Such a heart-warming story and yummy dessert. Hope ur on the mend soon!

  71. Anushruti

    28 February

    I totally believe in your philosophy of love and friendship everyday instead of only one day. Hope you are better now. Take care. Don’t know how you managed to get these gorgeous photos with one leg.

  72. Sophie

    1 March

    What a superb tasty post!! I love palmiers & to combine & eat them with freshly whipped cream & one of the best hot chocolate’s is the best!!

    A real winner combo, El!!

    Excellent pictures too!

  73. molly

    1 March

    You are 100% right about what matters. It’s so hard for anything to work out if you don’t love yourself first. The palmiers might help too.

  74. OMG this looks amazing! I couldn’t find your e-mail so I hope you get this. Here is a link to the paint colors I have used in the kitchen. When buying the paint I would spend a little more money and purchase the kitchen grade paint and in semi gloss. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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  75. What a wonderful and sweet post and philosophy : ). I agree! And I really want to get to making palmiers instead of buying them… your yummy images and recipe are so tempting.

  76. nakedbeet

    10 March

    I love the mood created in these photos. I can just sit right down and have one of these elephant ears, one of my absolute favorite pastries.

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