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Almond Puff Recipe

This old-fashioned Danish has a tender crust, a cream puff layer and an almond glaze. Serve it for breakfast or as a dessert.— Mary Ims, Yankton, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • PUFF LAYER:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted and chopped

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water and toss with a fork. Shape dough into a ball. Pat into two 12-in. x 3-in. strips, drop 2 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil over medium heat. Add flour all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Spread over crusts, covering completely.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 50-55 minutes or until puffed and light browned. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. In a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, extract and enough water to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over warm puffs. Sprinkle with almonds. Cut into 1-in. strips. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 32 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 117 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.