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Almond Pastry Puffs Recipe
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Almond Pastry Puffs Recipe

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This tender, nutty coffee cake is one of my favorite brunch treats. It looks and tastes so special, people won’t believe you made it yourself. It’s good that the recipe makes two!—Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:22 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 22 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 189 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour and salt; cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons cold water; stir with a fork until blended. Shape dough into a ball; divide in half. Place dough 3 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet; pat each into a 12-in. x 3-in. rectangle.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring remaining butter and water to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in extract and remaining flour until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  3. Spread over rectangles. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, water and extract; beat until smooth. Spread over pastries; sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 2 pastries (11 servings each).
Originally published as Almond Pastry Puffs in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p41

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 189 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Almond Pastry Puffs

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Reviewed May. 31, 2014

Very light and flaky! I used half whole wheat pastry flour in this recipe and you cannot even tell. This recipe had the right amount of almond extract.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

Hope I did the second step correctly ... After bringing the water & butter to boil, remove from heat, add flour & extract, etc -Then REMOVE FROM HEAT?? When did I put back on the stove?? What temp?? For how long?? Help

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

We live at 7500 ft - recipe turned out perfect without any alterations except less baking time. I used all organic ingredients. My family loved the texture and taste.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

I've been making this wonderful recipe for years which I think may have originated in WI. I always vary what I put in between layers, but most times I choose red raspberry or black raspberry preserves. I can't think of a reason why things like lemon curd might not work well too.

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

My puff didn't turn out like the picture, but I'll try it again. My "puff" layer was very dense, so next time I'll transfer the "flour ball" into my kitchen aid before beating in the eggs to get more air. I'm also thinking that half cream cheese in place of the butter might be interesting as well as some lemon flavor. I'd also like to try small pastry rounds instead of the 12" rectangles to make them easier to handle and serve.

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