Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Pumpkin Palmiers

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The autumn season has arrived on the calendar.  In the Bay Area, we don’t have any indication
that it is really here from a weather standpoint.  We are experiencing a warm October although
the weather folks keep telling us that El Nino is around the corner and to
brace for a very stormy season.  With our
unprecedented four year drought here in California
we are welcoming the deluge of water.  We
keep praying it will arrive soon.

Speaking of the fall season, this month’s theme for Blogger
C.L.U.E. Society
is autumn.  I was
fortunate to receive Liz’s blog – That Skinny Chick Can Bake.  I was super excited to start browsing her
expansive site of fantastic baked goods. 
I knew for sure that I wanted to find a recipe with pumpkin, since that
just resonates autumn for me.

I have followed and admired Liz’s blog for many years and
when I was asked to join the Blogger C.L.U.E Society and she was one of the
founders, I immediately said – sign me up! 
Liz’s mom was an amazing cook but not a real baker.  To satisfy her sweet tooth, they would whip
open the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook and go straight to the dessert
tab.  She married a chocoholic and had 3
kids to bake for and started her blog in 2010 to chronicle her recipes and
journey.  Liz is an extremely talented,
genuine, and friendly and family oriented. 
I just wish I lived closer to her and could actually taste all of her
beautiful sweet creations.

I mentioned earlier that I wanted to find a pumpkin
recipe.  Sure enough, Liz had plenty to
choose from.  I fell in love with the
Pumpkin Palmiers recipe and knew that was the one.  They seemed simple yet sophisticated.  The end result was nothing short of DIVINE!  I changed a few of the ingredients and
quantities since I like a strong flavor of the autumn spices.  Thank you Liz for a great recipe!

Pumpkin Palmiers

Makes about 14 to 18

1 Sheet frozen all butter puff pastry, defrosted in
refrigerator overnight

2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Butter

½ Cup Sugar

2 teaspoon Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Nutmeg

½ teaspoon Ground Cloves

¼ teaspoon Ground Cardamom

Pumpkin Butter

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

1 Tablespoon Apple Juice or Cider

¼ Cup Sugar

½ teaspoon Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves

To make the pumpkin butter, combine all of the ingredients
in a small sauce pan and simmer until it is the consistency of apple
butter.  Let cool.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or
parchment.  Set aside. 

Dust your work surface with flour and roll the puff pastry
to 11 x 14 rectangle.  Spread surface
with 2 tablespoons of the pumpkin butter and stop ½ inch of the edge. 

Mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom
together in a bowl.  Sprinkle ¼ cup onto
the pumpkin butter.  Starting at one of
the shorter sides, roll up dough like you would with a cinnamon roll just to
the center then repeat on the other side until they meet in the middle.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30

Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and gently cut, in
a sawing motion, into ¼ inch slices.  Dip
all sides in sugar mixture; and place on a baking sheet, keeping about an inch
between each cookie.  Place in fridge or
freezer to chill for a few minutes.

Bake for about 10 minutes, flip and bake 10 more
minutes.  Remove cookies to a cooling
rack.  They will crisp as they cool.

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