TODAY IS MATCH DAY!!!!!!
It’s hard to believe that this day is finally here. It has been a long road and I couldn’t be prouder of Alex for getting to this point. For those of you who don’t know what Match Day is - it is the day when graduating medical students are told where they matched for residency. But let’s back up real quick. Medical students apply to residency programs across the country at the end of the summer of their fourth year. Then if the programs are interested, they will offer the student an interview. Students spend a couple months flying around the country to said interviews in order to meet and interview with the current facility, residents, etc to see if they are a good fit. So, basically, it is like speed dating with job interviews.
After non-stop traveling, students then rank the programs from their top to last choice, while the programs also rank the students who interviewed with them. Then an algorithm takes the 30,000+ student lists and the programs’ lists and matches the top choices as best as possible. But you don’t get to find out the results for a few weeks. In the meantime, you don’t know if you even matched, because, yes, sadly, not every student matches to a program. Personally we have been in a limbo land because it is highly likely that we will move, but since we don’t know where we are moving of the 18 potential locations, we can’t find housing, I can’t transfer my license, I can’t work to find a job, we don’t know whether we should sell our car, etc.
Finally on Match Day, schools across the country hold special ceremonies where the students are handed a single envelope with their result. Every medical student in the country opens up the letters at the same time to see how their lives will be changed. It. is. a. big. deal.
So for any celebrations where you want to look fancy af without much effort, I highly recommend these Lazy Girl Nutella Palmiers! This easy to make recipe only requires 5 ingredients, and minimal preparation. As a brief overview of the recipe - you take a sheet of puff pastry, spread nutella on top, roll, cut, and bake! That’s it! Once in the oven, these treats will expand as they bake, creating their signature heart shape (or elephant ears). The sweet nutella center perfectly balances the crispy, flaky exterior. And thanks to this flaky texture, these treats make for a perfectly light snack to pair with your afternoon tea or coffee! The crispiness of the cookies starts to fade after a couple days, but thankfully you can freeze these cookies and reheat them at 250F for 5 minutes to restore their originally texture!
Lazy Girl Nutella Palmiers
Bake time:Serves: 14
- 1 puff pastry
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Turbinado sugar
- Thaw the puff pastry according to the package instructions.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
- Mix the sugar and salt in a bowl. Spread on a flat, clean surface. Unfold the puff pastry onto the sugar mixture.
- Gently spread a thin layer of nutella on top of the pastry.
- Fold the long edges towards the center so that their edges meet in the middle. Sprinkle some of the sugar mixture that is remaining on your surface onto the pastry. Fold the edges again so that the folds meet in the middle. Sprinkle again with more sugar. Fold one half over the other half, as if folding a book.
- Slice 1/4-inch thick slices.(*) Arrange the slices, cut side up, 2-inch apart on your prepared baking sheet. To create a more defined heart shape, separate the folded edges slightly to make bunny ears. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden in coloration.
- Transfer to a cooling rack to cool. Cookies remain crispy for 2-3 days.
(*) Baker’s Notes:
- If the puff pastry is too soft to cut, refrigerate for 10-20 minutes to firm up.
- How to MAKE AHEAD: Once the cookies have cooled completely, freeze until ready to use. Reheat the cookies at 250F for 5 minutes to restore their original crispiness.