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Almond Danish Coffee Cake

 Almond Danish Coffee Cake
Filled with almond paste, sugar and butter, this pastry will melt in your mouth. It's a must for me to make each holiday.
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • FILLING:
  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste, cubed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Sliced almonds

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in water; let
  • stand for 5 minutes and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the
  • flour, salt and remaining sugar; cut in butter until mixture
  • resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg and cream to yeast mixture. Add to

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Almond Danish Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • flour mixture; stir to form a stiff dough. Divide in half; cover and
  • refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • In a small bowl, beat the almond paste, brown sugar and butter until
  • smooth. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough
  • into a 15-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Spread filling down center third of
  • dough to within 1/2 in of edges. Beat egg and water; brush over
  • edges of dough.
  • Fold sides over filling; seal seam and edges. Place seam side down on
  • greased baking sheets. Cut five to six small slits in top. Cover and
  • let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool
  • completely.
  • For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to
  • achieve desired consistency; drizzle over coffee cakes. Sprinkle
  • with almonds. Yield: 2 coffee cakes (10-12 serving each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 156 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 116 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.