Raspberry Palmiers and Red Currant and Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you have been following my blog for quite some time, you might have noticed that I love laminated doughs. There is something about the whole process that I love, just like making bread. Not necessarily difficult, but it does require some attention, neatness and dedication.

After I tried experimenting with the tomato pate feuilletee, I started thinking about other ways to incorporate flavors into the dough. I came back from Europe with a bag of raspberry powder and I have been trying to incorporate it into different recipes. I thought, puff pastry would be another great way.

I followed the same pate feuilletee inversee recipe from Pierre Herme that I have been using and incorporated some of the raspberry powder into the butter lock. The final result was good, but I think I have to give it another try and perfect it. Once baked, the raspberry flavor was there but it was not intense enough for me. It was good, but I was hoping for me.

I have been anxiously waiting for red currants all summer long. Unlike other berries, it is not a fruit I like to eat fresh. Really makes me pucker up. However, it is one of my favorites to bake with. Tarts, ice cream or sorbet, inside cakes, combining it with other fruit for jams… So versatile really that when I get my hands on some, I use them in everything. Literally, in everything.

I decided to combine one of C.’s favorites, palmiers, with one of my favorites, red berry swirl ice cream. The perfect balance if you ask me.

Raspberry Palmiers

Follow the tomato pate feuilletee recipe but use 15 grams of raspberry powder instead of the tomato paste. As I said, I don’t think it’s enough, so you might want to increase it.

Roll the pastry to 1/8″-1/16″ thickness and cut a rectangle that is 16″ wide by 9″ high. Let the pastry rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes after rolling.

Dust the work surface with sugar and press the pastry lightly against it. Sprinkle sugar on the top as well. Work quickly to prevent the pastry from getting warm.

Fold the left edge to the middle and do the same with the right edge. Now, bring the folded left edge to the middle again and repeat with the right. This creates a fan-like log. Cut this log into 1/4″ to 1/2″ palmiers.

Place these on a baking sheet and bake at 375F for 10 minutes. Flip the palmiers over and bake for another 7 minutes or so until they are slightly golden but not too brown.

Raspberry and Red Currant Swirl Ice Cream

500 ml whole milk
140 ml heavy cream
40 grams glucose
150 grams sugar
6 egg yolks
100 grams raspberries
75 grams red currants
30 grams sugar

Place the whole milk, heavy cream, glucose and half of the sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a light simmer.

In the meantime, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar in a medium bowl. Temper the hot liquid into the egg yolks. Return this custard to the pan and cook until it coats the back of the spoon or about 184F. Strain the custard through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Chill it over an ice bath and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

In the meantime, cook the raspberries, red currants and sugar for about one minute until the fruit breaks down slightly and sugar dissolves. Strain the fruit through a fine sieve and chill this fruit syrup until ready to use.

Churn the custard in the ice cream machine. When done, swirl in the red berry syrup, pour into container and freeze.

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78 Responses to “Raspberry Palmiers and Red Currant and Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwiches”

  1. Alicia says:

    Aran…my mother saw your gorgeous photo over my shoulder, ran over, read along & decalred tomorrow shes making these magnificent gems to stun her friends with at her tea group. I pray she leaves me some.
    Again I say…cookbook. I’ll buy.

  2. Fantastic! Both your palmiers and ice cream look incredibly scrumptious! Those pictures are stunning!



  3. june2 says:

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  4. maia says:

    I love the traditional palmier, but yours with the ice cream looks fabulous!

  5. Wendy says:

    I love the colour of the raspberry dough! Very pretty and the ice cream looks delicious.

  6. morgana says:

    ¡¡ Yo las quiero probar !! Te han quedado super. Y qué fotos… La de la masa a rayas me tiene loca, me recuerdan los caramelos de dos colores, es impresionante. Y con el helado… ¡qué ricas!

    Siempre es un placer visitarte, lo presentas todo tan bien…

  7. Aran, these photos are delish!

  8. The high stack at the top of the post? Amazing. I’ve not had much success with laminated doughs. I’ll have to give your recipe a go. For some reason I get too much butter coming out when it’s baking. :(

  9. FeeMail says:

    I love the photo of the rasperry pate feuilletee. delicious!

  10. shaz says:

    Wow, that looks amazing. The colour in the uncooked dough is beautiful

  11. Vanille says:

    So nice to see a pink pâte feuilletée !
    Amazing treat !

  12. That bowl of berries just looks way too perfect to eat. Really, each one the most gorgeous specimen and arranged just so. Impeccable! But the palmiers – as precious as they look, I wouldn’t hold back eating those! ;) They look wonderful. And if I can get my hands on raspberry powder, I’d love to try this recipe. Thank you!

  13. ibb says:

    Ikusgarriak. Gero eta ikusgarriagoak dira argazkiak…soilik dastatzea falta da. Dudan goxearekin…
    Itzura izugarri ona dute,benetan.
    Soilik argazkiak begiratzeagatik hona hurbiltzea merezi du.
    Izugarri pena da, ingeleseko erresetekin pizkat galtzea eta egia esan pato zamarra izatea, bestela…baina zuk profezional hutsa zera…nahiago dastatzea.

  14. Mélanie says:

    La recette des palmiers ne t’a peut-être pas convaincue à 100%, mais en tout cas ils sont vraiment très jolis!!

    J’ai lu avec intérêt que tu aimes bcp cuisiner avec les groseilles. J’ai ai cueilli 3kg dans mon jardin ce week-end, et à part dans les confitures, je ne sais pas du tout comment les utiliser. Vas tu poster d’autres recettes, ou as tu des idées?
    Merci beaucoup

  15. Aran says:

    Melanie- First of all, excuse that I am responding in English. I am Basque from the Spanish side so my French is very rusty. I speak Basque, Spanish and English. But I did understand your question and lucky you! I wish I had red currants in my garden! haven’t made anything else yet, but will probably be making jams and cakes with them.

    Thanks everyone!

  16. Beautiful palmiers and the presentations as always are exquisite~

  17. Pastrychefnick says:

    As a pastry chef that was trained in France… I’ve been missing the readily availibility of fruit powders… Even though albert Uster imports sells them they are very pricey. Recenty discovered a nice little selection of freeze dried fruits at trader joes! Which work nicely for making fruit powders!

  18. I love the photos and I love the ice cream sandwiches more!

  19. I love all of it. That dough is spectacular! I haven’t seen fresh currants where I live. :( We used to get them in NY fresh from the farm.

    Another lovely post full of stunning pics.

  20. oh yes the red currants. I got my first batch last week and could not stop photographing them! They are what I miss the most from my parents’ garden, with cherries too. It’s funny as I’ve had my blog draft ready for a week now and never manage to find the time to finish and post ;-) I’ll have to before they are gone! ;-)

    Lovely recipe for the season! And have fun in New York city!

  21. anna says:

    I love the pinkish swirls in the palmiers – so pretty and a gorgeous match with the berry-swirled ice cream!

  22. Sunshine says:

    These look amazing! Please make a cookbook and inclue these in it. I would buy more than one copy of said book…

  23. Maybe says:

    Your sandwiches are gorgeous and I’m sure they’re also delicious !

  24. These red currants are perfect for you! Did you buy them in Charleston?? Where? I’m up the road and I’ve never seen them available in SC. I had them in France a few weeks ago for the first time. They are the prettiest little fruits on earth.

    I really do wish you had a cookbook so I could curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and look at all of your beautiful photographs.

  25. veron says:

    These look delicious, Aran. Love the assortment of berries and definitely time for some ice cream sandwiches.

  26. Marta says:

    I love that shot of the dough before cutting into palmiers, the swriling with the raspberries look so cute!
    Great job like always Aran!

  27. Aran says:

    Kim- I live in South Florida and I found them at Whole Foods. Yes, they are very abundant in France and where I grew up as well.

    Thanks everyone!

  28. arugulove says:

    These are beautiful!

    I don’t have raspberry powder, but I do have hibiscus powder. I wonder how that would work? I want pink palmiers! :)

  29. Zerogluten says:

    Cada vez que veo una foto por internet que me encandila, pincho y soy redireccionada a tu blog.
    Sabes? ya no solo envidio tu mano para la cocina, tus fotos deslumbrantes… es que me gustan tus cuencos, tus platos, tus cubiertos, tus cajitas maravillosas que donde yo vivo son imposibles de conseguir…
    Para Navidad me pido un blog como el tuyo, juro que he sido buena este año.
    Besitos sin gluten

  30. Dajda says:

    I’ve been away for a week and come back to find you baking with raspberries and red currants, my favourite summer fruit! This is so nice!

  31. Sha says:

    Amazing Palmiers ! Love the idea to add a fruit powder. And your ice cream… Can’t wait to try it! I have so much red currants in my dad’s garden!

  32. The recipes look inviting and the photos are beautiful.

  33. I am discovering your blog….i have no words….just one and it does not reflect it all: AMAZING:pictures, recipes, stories! congratulations!

  34. fresh365 says:

    That first photo is fabulous! I have never tried red currants, but I will see if they are in season this weekend. Thanks!

  35. Zepequeña says:

    I love everything!!!!


  36. cindy* says:

    oh, those berries aran…i could just dive in ;) beautiful as ever!

  37. That’s completely over the top! I love it!

  38. Y says:

    Aran, I love your laminated doughs! I find them so inspiring and wish I had more time to try some of your delicious treats out!

  39. the top photo of the ice cream sandwiches …!? pure heaven !!! amazing aran

  40. Ria says:

    Aran,I’m almost fainting!! HELP!! ;D They are so BEAUTIFUL!! I really really need to meet you and learn some of it atleast!! Any plans for a trip to India?? ;) But I must also say that those lovely berries are unseen or unheard in my part of the world :D

  41. absolutely stunning… i am hooked… wowowowowow

  42. linda says:

    Love the picture with all the luscious summer fruits :)
    My oldest son actually loves eating redcurrants fresh and without the addition of sugar. A bit too hardcore for me ;)

  43. Bridget says:

    That picture of the dough…SO pretty with the stripes!!!

  44. Another amazing photograph!
    Everytime I come to your sight I find another recipe I am dying to make.

  45. simply hue says:

    Mmm….these look delicious, especially in this hot Summer weather!

  46. foodcreate says:

    Looks soo Delicious perfect for Summertime dish …

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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  47. Barbara says:

    Well, isn’t that a photo to make you drool? And because it’s yours, it will taste divine too! I love your posts- so inspirational.

  48. wow, you’re making a “not-so talented cook” wanting to run to the kitchen and experiment, yeah…that’s me. that ice cream sandwich is about the prettiest thing i’ve seen in a while. :)

  49. idu says:

    Ai Aran, argazki hauek udara usaina dakarte, zoragarriak dira.
    Eta aurrerago dioten bezala, txikitako karamelo bastoitxo haiek dirudite hojaldrearen argazkiak,, horrelakoxeak ziren, zuri gorriak (bizkaitarra zarelako ote? jeje)
    Oraintxen eskua argazkian sartu eta bat hartuko nuke

  50. Seanna Lea says:

    Ooh, I love red currants, and they were at the farmer’s market only two weeks ago. I wonder if they’ll have more this weekend. I love them, but I find a small amount of red currants goes a long way.

  51. Rachel says:

    Hi Aran,
    I found your blog looking for recipes for Redcurrants, I have a glut this year and have already made some spiced Redcurrant Jelly. I tried your Saturn Peach, Redcurrant and Raspberry Crumble this evening and it was marvellous. The pistachio crumble is inspired, I wasn’t entirely sure about the Mace cream but it really worked. Saturn peaches aren’t easy to come by in England so I used Nectarines instead. Your photographs are so beautiful.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Hi Aran – gorgeous, and the fruit powder idea hit me as I love the dried strawberries in Special K…so here is a link to a cool site selling all sorts of dehydrated fruit powders. Bye for now. Christine. http://www.justtomatoes.com/powder.html

  53. Aran says:

    Rachel- i’m glad you liked it!

    Christine- thanks for the link!

    Thank you everyone! Have a great weekend!

  54. Gorgeous! The colors just pop! Wish i could have some of that ice cream right now…I am melting in CA!

  55. Helene says:

    Always gorgeous pictures. This is such a pleasure for the eyes. Que j’aime ton blog.

  56. What a fabulous idea to make ice cream sandwiches with palmiers, Aran! Beautiful!

  57. once again..done very well Aran! love em!

  58. Patricia says:

    I love palmiers and the thought of them with raspberry ice cream AND redcurrants is almost too much to bear, and as always the photos are stunning, thanks!!!

  59. Bron says:

    Raspberries Palmiers! Wow! What a super idea! I love the stripes of the uncooked pate feuilletee looks like candy!

  60. Lemon says:

    the photos in this post astound me. beautiful. beautiful. if only i had the guts to try the recipe.

  61. Wow! Your photos are simply beautiful and those palmiers…… What a fascinating experiment with the raspberry powder.

    I must add your blog to my list of ‘must reads’!

  62. lyndsay says:

    perfect. absolutely perfect!!!

  63. Kelsey B. says:

    This looks truly delicious, a great use for summer berries. I am definitely going to add this to my list for Ice-Cream festival treats on my site this summer

  64. Fantastic. A feast for the eyes & a great way to wake up! It’s barely 7am, Sunsay morning, & I have this huge smile! Both are beautiful Aran…as Alicia says…cookbook…I’ll buy it too! ♥♥♥

  65. chefectomy says:

    Hi Aran,

    I have been putzing around the last few months so not too much blogging. I decided to see who was doing what and your blog was one of the first I came to. Lovely as usual and the technique is so fascinating, I have never seen this. Would love a visit from you some time.



  66. Katie says:

    Wow beautiful and so elegant. Sounds absolutely delicious.

  67. Junglefrog says:

    Love the photos Aran! I also think red currants are fantastic. But yes, fresh they can be rather sour. I just to pick them fresh from the bushes to earn a couple of bucks when I was a kid, so I grew up with loads and loads of red currants! This is a lovely recipe!

  68. Esti says:

    dejas a todo el mundo epatado, ja, ja… cualquier día te asaltan la cocina de casa!

  69. Kelly-Jane says:

    Beautiful dough, I really like you bow of four pictures, where the pink in the uncooked dough is visable.

    I’ve managed to lovate some raspberry powder, for your macaroons, so may come back to use up the rest here!

    I’d agree with your first commenter, a cookbook would be great!

  70. that just smacks of summer! so beautiful…and i happen to have red currants myself right now. can’t wait to see the results of your work with amy atlas!

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  72. I wish i could pick these fresh…your photos are so LOVELY….I am going to take a chance & try this recipe.
    Thank you! :)))

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  73. Federica says:

    Your blog is gorgeous! It’s always a pleaseure for my eyes!

    Greetings from Italy,


  74. Oh wow, that is just gorgeous. I’m going to have to get my hands on raspberry powder, and get over my fear of puff pastry. I’ve made other laminated doughs, but that one still taunts me. And your love of red currants makes me very sad that I can’t find any around me.

  75. Melvin says:

    wow, pictures are amazing!!
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