Young Foodie Travels: Nutella & Hazelnut Palmiers (Puff Swirls)


Palmiers (otherwise known as Elephant ears) are a French classic. Traditionally, these are served with no filling other than sugar and you would have to make your own puff pastry by hand- a long and arduous process.



It is for reasons like these that most people assume that French pastry is difficult to make.  On the contrary, these buttery and flaky palmiers are a breeze. All you need is Nutella, chopped hazelnuts, an egg and store-bought puff pastry. Only FOUR ingredients.IMG_2012.JPG

The process of making them is even easier and even a complete beginner can make these with ease. They are perfect at a party or if you have friends coming round at short notice as they can be whipped it within ten minutes at the most. Definitely give them a try!


  • pre-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • 100g chopped hazelnuts
  • 200g Nutella
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Unroll the puff pastry sheet and roll out the pastry a little more with a rolling pin so the pastry is nice and thin so that the end product is crisp.
  3. Spread a thin layer of Nutella all over the pastry sheet.
  4. Sprinkle the finely chopped hazelnuts evenly over the sheet 
  5. Roll the pastry as if you are making a swiss roll except roll from EITHER SIDE of the pastry as though you are rolling a scroll. Continue doing this until the two rolls meet at the middle and you have the classic ‘elephant ear shape’
  6. Cut the pastry in slice that around 1cm thick. 
  7. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the slices a few centimetres apart and brush them with the egg wash.
  8. Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden brown. (Keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly!)




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