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Delicious Almond Braids

 Delicious Almond Braids
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
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

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

Directions

  • Place the almond paste, butter and sugar in a food processor; cover
  • and pulse until chopped. Add egg and flour; process until smooth.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a
  • wire rack.
  • Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk, and almond extract. Drizzle

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Delicious Almond Braids (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • over braids; sprinkle with almonds. Cut into slices. Yield: 2 braids
  • (6 slices each).
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.