Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): pailles

Dorie Greenspan Baking Chez Moi pailles on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi this week was more about assembly than actual cooking or baking per se. Pailles (meaning “straws”) are a puff pastry creation, not unlike palmiers where the trick is working with really cold pastry.

Dorie Greenspan pailles on eatlivetravelwrite.comI used an all-butter puff pastry from President’s Choice and my sheet of pastry wasn’t quite the same dimensions as Dorie’s (it was a square, not a rectangle, and smaller) so I just did what I could. You start out by rolling the sheet slightly, then brushing with egg wash, sprinkling with sugar and then folding it in half. You repeat this process twice before you place it in the freezer to get nice and cold before you slice and bake.

Dorie Greenspan pailles from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comI used coconut sugar out of sheer laziness (I’d been for a long run earlier that day and my legs didn’t want to be bothered going all the way into the basement to fetch the white sugar so I used what I had on hand but it made the cookies a little darker than I’d have liked). Oh well, they still tasted good!

Dorie Greenspan pailles from Baking Chez Moi for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comDorie calls for slicing the cold pastry into 1/4-inch strips but I found it near impossible to slice them so finely without the pastry cracking or folding over on itself so I settled for 1/3-inch strips. You then lay the strips cut side up closely together in groups of 3 on the baking tray, sprinkle with a little more sugar and then cover with parchment and a cooling rack then bake. The rack will help the cookies remain thin-ish, they’re not meant to be puffy, rather, thin and crunchy. I’m used to covering puff pastry cookies like this with baking trays so that’s what I used and I think I’d still do this another time because it covers all the cookies with even weight (my cookie racks are not that heavy).

Dorie Greenspan Baking Chez Moi puff pastry pailles on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese are then cooled and layered with jam and dusted with a touch of icing sugar to create a simple yet impressive dessert/ I baked off one of my puff pastry rolls and the other is in the freezer still, waiting to be baked off for Easter.  None of the stages was hard in this recipe, just a little fussy (especially if precision is not your thing but even if it’s not, you might find the assembly of these strangely soothing!) but when you take the time to do this properly, the results are fabulous. I’ll make these again, for sure!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s pailles here or on page 243 of Baking Chez Moi.

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5 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): pailles

  1. Cakelaw March 27, 2018 at 07:04 #

    These surprised me at how good they were. My initial thought was “why”, but the lovely caramelised pastry made me understand. I only got two and a half Paillles out of a whole sheet of square puff pastry, even after cutting them further in half (I would have only got one if I hadn’t!). Love the berry jam oozing out of yours.

  2. Kim March 27, 2018 at 11:46 #

    These were surprisingly good! I had the same thought with slicing them so thin. I did them as slim as I felt I could but then ended up with only 4 sandwiches…not the 8 Dorie got.

  3. Zosia March 27, 2018 at 18:02 #

    The coconut sugar sounds good. Is the PC “all butter” puff still available? The last one I bought had new packaging, a new name (“butter puff pastry”) and shortening in it!

  4. steph (whisk/spoon) March 27, 2018 at 18:05 #

    yours look really nice, and great photos, too!

  5. Diane Zwang March 27, 2018 at 20:15 #

    My first batch looked that dark. I had to decrease cooking time by 5 minutes to prevent burning. I was able to use a knife to cut but the pizza wheel I tried broke up the dough. Fussy but fun and delicious too.

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