Australia celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday this week, and so to make the most of our long weekend, I flew off to our Australian Capital to visit a close friend who’d moved there earlier on this year.

Before I continue, I should probably paint a picture of Canberra for those of you who aren’t familiar. Canberra is a hole. Actually, that may have been too harsh, apologies. Let me start again.

Most people believe that Canberra is a hole (being diplomatic never hurt anyone right…? πŸ™‚ ). It is our Nation’s capital city, chosen as a peacemaker between the two most populated cities, Melbourne and Sydney. It’s about a 3 hour drive south of Sydney, and about an 8 hour drive north east of Melbourne. It’s surrounded by sunburnt grassland, mountains, and yes, I even saw some wild kangaroos hopping around!

So naturally when I told friends and colleagues I’d be visiting Canberra over the long weekend, their first response was: “WHY”. (By the way the WHY was verbally addressed as how I have written it – bland, emotionless, and no question mark at the end. Visually, I received blank, wide-eyed stares. Cue awkward silence and there you have it – my typical conversation about what my plans were for our long weekend :P).

So Canberra is where I spent the past few days – catching up with Jess, exploring, and chasing after coffee good enough to rival Melbourne’s quality (Hello Lonsdale Roasters and Beans&Grains!).Β Overall the city wasn’t as bad as everyone had depicted – Β I certainly couldn’t live there, but I definitely would visit again πŸ˜€

During my stay in Canberra, I was itching to bake Jess something however I wanted it to be really basic with as little ingredients as possible, and so decided upon these cute little Palmiers!


These are seriously so easy to make – all you really need is some store bought puff pastry, sugar, and a rolling pin! If you wanted to be creative you could add in some lemon zest or vanilla beans to fragrance the sugar, however I stuck with our friend, plain ol’ sugar and it was still good πŸ™‚


Recipe taken from Poires au Chocolat

1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry (I used Coles brand)
1/3 cup of sugar + 1/3 cup of sugar

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
– Sprinkle 1/3 cup of sugar on table top
– Place pastry sheet on top of sugar
– Sprinkle the other 1/3 cup of sugar on top of pastry sheet
– Roll out the pastry sheet as thin as you can
Note: When my pastry sheet got sticky, I sprinkled more sugar on top and kept rolling until I had a thin enough pastry sheet completely covered in sugar

– Β Fold one edge of the pastry sheet into the middle
– Fold the opposite edge of the pastry sheet into the middle. You should now have both ends of the pastry sheet touching each other in the middle
– Continue this method until you cannot fold anymore
– Cut into ~1cm thickness
– Lay out onto a cookie try lined with baking paper
– Bake for about 10-12 mins, or until golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on the Palmiers at about the 8min mark because there’s a very small window between caramelised sugar and burnt sugar (I learnt the hard way ! 😦 )

Have fun baking πŸ™‚



  1. THE Calvin says:

    Is this the asian butterly cake thingys?

  2. Heeeellllooooooo!! I could finally eat some of your baking goodness. These are crunchy yet flaky little buggers and has kept well in my tuppaware. Three days later, they’re still fresh. Nom nom nom!

  3. These look divine! πŸ™‚

  4. I was in Canberra in June for a couple of days and spent the whole time sitting in front of the heater. Haha. The palmiers look yummmmmmmy!

    • haha that’s hilarious! Being from Melbourne I always thought that we were always wayyy colder than Canberra, but seriously as soon as I stepped off that plane, I felt like I’d just been hit in the face with a cricket bat lol it was freezing!!! So if I wasn’t out trying to find steaming coffee, then I was in front of the heater too lol

      • Canberra was a complete shock to my system! Haha. I’m from Singapore but was in Melbourne for a wedding. Since we were in Aus, we figured we’d go around visiting old friends. Melbourne was freezing. I found Sydney quite cold too. But Canberra was by far the coldest. It was -2 degrees one night and I literally camped out in front of the heater the whole time. I stayed at my friend’s place and his family members were walking around in teeshirt, shorts and no shoes. It makes me wonder if I’m the crazy one. Lol!

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