Spiced elephant ears

By • August 9, 2011 • 14 Comments



Author Notes: Adding some grains of paradise to the sugar gives the elephant ears a true African flair.Sagegreen

Serves 4-6

The pastry

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  1. The Pastry: Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Rub in the cold butter with your fingers until you can no longer see the butter.
  2. Pour in a few tablespoons of the cold water until it is incorporated. Cautiously add a little more water until the dough comes together. Do not add too much water.
  3. On a floured surface turn the dough out and knead it to form one large ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate 4 hours or better, overnight.

The ears

  • 1/2 pound pastry
  • demerara sugar (@8 oz or so)
  • 1/8 teaspoon grains of paradise
  1. Allow the pastry to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before rolling it out.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add the grains of paradise to the sugar, Coat your work surface with some of the sugar mix. Place the block of dough on top and roll to an elongated rectangle that is just under 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Sprinkle the rectangle with the sugar mix. Using a rolling pin press the sugar into the dough.
  5. Lightly score a line down the middle of the long side of the rectangle of dough. Roll each of the sides towards the middle. Then cut into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  6. Place the slices on the parchment; leave about an inch space in between each ear. Gently pinch the closed top of the pastry with your fingers. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the sugar begins to caramelize.
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almost 3 years ago Droplet

I 've found a name for a cookie I've always liked, but never quite liked calling them palmiers. Thank you, Sage.

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

You are very welcome, Droplet!

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

Maybe it's regional, but what you have made is called palms. Elephant ears are big fried pieces of dough (elephant ear shaped) covered in sugar and cinnamon.

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

This is NOT a criticism! Your recipe sounds delicious!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, dymnyno. We also call these palmiers, as well as elephant ears, which I know you can make lots of different ways, too.

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almost 3 years ago arielleclementine

What a cool idea! Love the addition of grains of paradise! A must try for me :)

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, ac! They are such delicious fun.

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

so cute!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, drbabs.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay! Glad somebody made elephants ears. And I love how you made them more "African"! :)

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, 5&s! It is fun to have a little spice in these. We have none left.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice, always wondered how these were made.

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

I like to make mine a bit small as a play on how huge the elephant is. These are really good.

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

And thanks, sdebragno!