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Almond Danish Coffee Cakes

Rich almond paste is enveloped within each of these tender, flaky pastries, making them the perfect choice for a festive gathering. At first glimpse, guests will know these were a labor of love. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 2 hours + chilling Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 2 cups finely chopped blanched almonds
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat milk and cubed butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Turn onto a heavily floured surface; roll dough into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Cut cold butter into thin slices. Starting with a short side of dough, arrange half of the butter slices over two-thirds of rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Fold unbuttered third of dough over middle third. Fold remaining third over the middle, forming a 12x6-in. rectangle. Press edges to seal. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll dough into an 18x12-in. rectangle.
  • Repeat steps of dough folding, ending with a 12x6-in. rectangle, chilling and rolling dough into an 18x12-in. rectangle three times.
  • In a small bowl, combine the almonds, confectioners' sugar, egg whites and almond extract. Set aside. On a floured surface roll dough into a 20-in. square. Cut in half, forming two rectangles.
  • Spoon half of the almond paste over one rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Brush edge with egg white; pinch seam to seal. Bring ends of roll towards the center to form a "B" shape. Place seam side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and almond paste.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes. Combine egg yolk and water; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 291 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
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