Mini Palmiers

Mini Palmiers

French translation …..Palm tree……..hmmmm……not quite sure about that, but what I am sure about is these are the best little treats for……..…well anytime and I say anytime because they are so damn easy to make!

Mini Palmiers

2 ingredients …….that right just two!!!!

Made from puff pastry…….dough and butter that has been rolled and folded, to make layer,upon layer, upon layer…….. X 100 of flakey yummy buttery dough.

Now, if want to be all fancy schmancy, go ahead and make the pastry yourself……..I’m sure you can google a recipe…….but, if want all the best of pastry with no fuss, Pepperidge Farm is the way to go. It’s ready all ready……… they do all the hard work and you get all the glory.

Turbinado sugar is the other ingredient. I have mention this in several of my dessert recipes. It has become my go to sugar for desserts. It gives a nice crunchy layer to anything sweet.

So, you all know, I’m about the lesson, bout the lesson , no guessing………gee whiz I have been singing way too much lately…………. so here’s the lesson…………turbinado sugar is made by taking the first pressing of juice from sugar cane,slowly heating it to evaporate the water out of it which causes it to crystallize.The crystals are then spun in turbines or centrifuges.

This process is a big contrast to white sugar which is often much more heavily processed, and is generally made white by using a decolorizing filter like bone char to remove its natural color. Likewise, much brown sugar is actually white sugar with molasses added back into it to color it.

Some believe that turbinado sugar is a healthier alternative to other sweeteners because it undergoes less processing, and so retains more of the nutrients found in sugar cane juice. This method of production makes it suitable for vegans, since no animal byproducts are used. A teaspoon contains about a fair amount of calcium and potassium in addition to a negligible amount of iron. A cup of this sweetener also contains magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium.
So, while some argue about using sugar perhaps this is a case to use in moderation………like I know anything about moderation…….ha ha!

Mini Palmier

Now, I know Walmart is a long way from being French, but the first time I had a Palmier was from the deli/bakery at Walmart. It was awesome, flaky, sugary, and a little sticky and the things that make pastry delicious. I would stop and get them frequently on Fat Friday’s ……..that’s Tim and my days of the week to eat whatever……no holding back………not unlike some other days but still it, has been dubbed as such by the self proclaimed queen of making shit up………Me!!!!!

Which bring me to this recipe.I have visions of them being a nice addition to a Christmas cookie tray, as a potluck take along, or for that I need a dessert quick thing your husband or child just told you about……….you know that last minute panic deal!

But what I really like is ……… own Palmiers anytime I want……but mini…….so they are really cute and absolutely perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.

Mini Palmiers Collage

So, walk don’t run and get the pastry and turbinado sugar to try these easy two ingredient Palmiers.

Mini Palmiers

Mini Palmiers

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 32
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm puff-pastry sheets,thawed


  1. Heat oven to 400*
  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of sugar on your work surface. Unfold pastry working with one sheet at a time, keeping the other sheet cover to prevent it from drying out.
  3. Place unfold sheet on the sugar. Roll it to an even thickness. Sprinkle it with 2-3 tablespoons of the sugar, pressing into the dough slightly.
  4. Starting at one long side of the rectangle, roll the pastry toward the center of the sheet, stopping at the middle. Repeat with the opposite long side, so the rolls meet. Trim the ends.
  5. Cut the roll into equal pieces. I find that dividing the roll in half, then the halves in half and half again is the easier way to have all even slices.Place slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing them 1 inch apart. I flattened my slightly before sprinkling with more of the sugar.
  6. Bake until golden and puffed, 20 to 23 minutes. Remove from oven and flip palmers over. They should have a nice caramelized bottom. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. They can be served warm or at room temperature.

Keywords: puff pastry, make ahead, easy, 2 ingredient, cookie


Bacon Filled Cherry Tomatoes

Bacon Filled Cherry Tomatoes

Bacon Filled Cherry Tomato

What can you say about bacon that hasn’t been said…… simply makes everything better!

It’s the Holiday Season…….so loopty lou, and loopty lie, and don’t forget about the pumpkin pie, it the holiday season………sorry……… too much Christmas music already…….sometime you just have to burst into song…..tee hee!

But, it is the Holiday Season is here and that means parties are here. Parties need food, finger food to be exact. Finger food with bacon………Bacon Filled Cherry Tomatoes. These little gems are a pop in your mouth taste treat. Like a mini BLT……… with out the L ……..and no bread……..but they are loaded with bacon!

I started making these years ago, and they were my go to appetizer for a looooong time. This is another recipe that was originally from one of those little cookbooks from the check out lane at the grocery store. If I would have in my wildest imagination thought I would write a food blog someday, I would have written down where I got the recipes from so I could give credit where credit is due.………oh wait, when I first started buying these little books, no one knew what a food blog was….LOL……..the times they do change.

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 They are really quite simple to make, fry up and crumble bacon, add green onion, basil, some parmesan cheese, and Miracle Whip ………sorry but I do not like mayo, but if you do please use it in place of the Miracle Whip…….if you really want too……….mix all together and stuff into hollowed out cherry tomatoes. A melon baller makes this process a breeze.

I made these for Tim the first time last week. He does not care for just a tomato, so I wasn’t sure how he would like these…….enter bacon……he loved them……..enough said!

Not only are these Bacon Filled Cherry Tomatoes a treat for your taste buds, they are pretty, and red, with a little green and Christmasy……….hence…..the perfect party appetizer!

Bacon Filled Cherry Tomatoes Collage

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Bacon Filled Cherry Tomatoes

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Combine
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup miracle whip
  • 24 cherry tomatoes


  1. In a medium bowl, combine bacon, green onion, basil, parmesan cheese, and miracle whip.
  2. Slice a thin piece off the top of each tomato, enough to expose the inter flesh. Using a melon baller, or a small spoon, scoop out the inside of the tomatoes.
  3. Invert the hollowed tomatoes on paper towels to drain.
  4. Fill with bacon mixture and garnish with extra parmesan cheese or basil if desired.

Keywords: cherry tomato, bacon, green onion, appetizer, parmesan cheese

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups 1

I made Tim and I’s Thanksgiving feast……..the Sunday before Thanksgiving…….but we needed dessert.
I didn’t want to make whole pie ..……Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups!

We both are huge fans of dessert, we have it almost every night……..which is why we will be starting a Health page come January 1, 2015.

Although, in the coming year we will be changing some of our dessert ways, it was a Holiday and well, it’s not a Holiday without dessert, and Thanksgiving needs pie……with ice cream……and caramel sauce, with pecans and caramel in the pie, and……well, you get the idea.

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups

I originally was going to wrap the apples with the pie crust and color egg wash red so they looked like apples, but time was running short and I did not have the time to be that crafty…..maybe next year!

Individual pies would be good……..custard cups could hold them and I could cover them with pie crust. I think I have mentioned before that in the world of pie and pie crust, my Mother was the Queen……she made the best pies ever, and her crust was flaky and perfect. I wish I would have had her teach me how she did it.

Since my pie crust is ……well, less than perfect…….I buy my crust. Besides it’s easy to have on hand for an “I need a pie now emergency”!!!!!!!

I peeled and cored the apples, dunked them in lemon juice, rolled them in a sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon mixture, put them custard cups, filled them with a caramel, pecan mixture, covered them with crust, brushed them with cream, sprinkled them with sugar and baked them……..whew!!!!!

Apple Pie Cups

Now, a really cool thing happen to them after I baked them. I wanted to make them slightly fancy, so I cut a cute little leaf in the center of each crust and placed it on the top. When they came out of the oven the little leaf had fallen inside so it looked like a little volcano……..great spot to put the ice cream………I know right! So, the ice cream kind melted into the apple………it was sooooooo good and the caramel sauce on top……….heaven in a custard cup.

This is one of those recipes that you can adjust to the number of people you are serving, so if it’s only two like us you can make just two. It’s nice also that there is no “his piece is bigger than mine” argument if you have kids.

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups make a yummy addition to a Holiday or any meal that begs for an apple pie dessert ……..or if you are just in the mood for pie!

Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups Collage

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Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Cups

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 large apples ( your favorite), peeled and cored
  • 1 ready made pie crust
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup kraft caramel bits
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the granulated sugar, corn starch, apple pie spice and salt in a shallow dish.
  2. Juice the lemon into a small bowl. Dip each apple in the lemon juice and then roll peeled and cored apples in the sugar mixture and set in oven safe custard cups sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Mix caramel bits and pecans into the remaining sugar mixture. Stuff into the prepared apples, dividing evenly between them.
  3. Cut circles from the pie crust that are about 2 inches larger than the top of your custard cups. If desired you can cut a decorative whole in the center of each circle. Place pie circles over the tops of the apples, covering the apple completely and sealing to the custard cup. Add scrapes of pie crust to form an edge. If you have cut a decorative opening, place the cut out over the opening, do not seal. If you did not cut an opening cut slits for steam to escape.
  4. Brush the heavy cream over each apple cup and sprinkle the the crust with the turbinado sugar.
  5. Place custard cups on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the apple is tender.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve topped with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Keywords: apples, ice cream, caramel, pecans, single serving size, pie