Delicious Almond Braids Recipe
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Delicious Almond Braids Recipe

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This coffee cake is very similar to an almond crescent. It is light, flaky with a rich almond center. It's so versatile you can serve it for dessert, breakfast or brunch. This will taste like it was made from scratch at a bakery, yet the pakaged puff pastry, makes this recipe very quick and easy to make.—Gina Idone, Staten Island, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7 ounces) almond paste
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • GLAZE:
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 430 calories, 25 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 197 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place the almond paste, butter and sugar in a food processor; cover and pulse until chopped. Add egg and flour; process until smooth.
  2. Unfold puff pastry sheets onto a greased baking sheet. Spread half of the filling mixture down the center third of one pastry sheet. On each side, cut eight strips about 3-1/2 in. into the center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling.
  3. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack.
  4. Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk, and almond extract. Drizzle over braids; sprinkle with almonds. Cut into slices. Yield: 2 braids (6 slices each).
Originally published as Delicious Almond Braids in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p103

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 430 calories, 25 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 197 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"This was the first time I have worked with puff pastry and I found it so fun and easy to use. This recipe was a hit, so I made it again the same week! I love almond and my family does as well. The second time I made it I used apple pie filling in the middle and glazed it. That was also a hit, but I think my favorite was the almond! Made it for Christmas, but it is so easy that I know I will make it anytime of year!"

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