Recipe: Van Gogh's Ears

It’s Art Month in Flush the fashion!
And same as last month I wanted to post a recipe related to the subject being featured. Gotta admit it was a tricky one, finding a recipe which is all: easy to make, super delicious and artsy?

Challenging combo! Luckily my imagination went far enough to come up with this little suggestion that I hope you all enjoy.

Van Gogh's ears

I’m quite sure you all know or have heard about that story on Vincent Van Gogh cutting his left ear and handing it to a prostitute named Rachel.

Well, in my country (Panama, Central America), there are these sort of cookies called: ‘Orejitas‘. If we translate that literally, it means “little ears”…see the connection? In the fancy culinary world, these are also known as ‘Palmiers‘.

(Please don’t be grossed out about the idea of eating Van Gogh’s ear, these are very tasty!).
So, with that in mind, I wanna call this recipe…

Van Gogh’s Little Ears
Ingredients (makes around 20):
1 sheet puff pastry (28cm)
½ cup sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon (you may also use nutmeg)

Van Gogh's ears

A puff pastry sheet will normally be sold in a circular shape. Cut some of the borders, so that it will become a square.

Combine the sugar and the cinnamon.

Sprinkle one side of the puff pastry square with the sugar – cinnamon mix. Turn it and sprinkle the other side.

Fold around 2 cm of the sides from the puff pastry square and sprinkle once more. Fold again the puff pastry, so that now both sides will meet in the center and sprinkle again. Fold it one last time and you should now get one single stripe of puff pastry. Follow the pictures where this process can be seen clearer.

Cut the stripe into little slices of around ½ cm.

Let them rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes, this will add some moistness needed to melt the butter later.

Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Place the puff pastry slices on a tray covered with baking paper in the right direction so that both folded sides will be facing upwards, as shown in the picture.

Bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool down before serving.

Great with tea or coffee. Enjoy!
Click HERE to see the rest of our Art Month 2011 featuring interviews with Graffiti Godfather Blek Le Rat and cartoon madman Jason Fischer.

Vanessa Sue Smith

Hi, I’m Vanessa, part-time geek, born in Panama, living in Belgium. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and, fortunately, also the way I make a living. I’m a down-to-earth hobby cook and I try to keep my recipes simple, using accessible ingredients. Find more of my recipes (vegetarian, sweet, pasta’s, etc.) on my blog: