Almond Pastries

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    2 hours 25 min

    These flaky Danish pastries are a time-consuming project, but they're a perfect way to show people how much you love them! I like serving them at special brunches. The puff pastry and almond filling can be made ahead of time, and the pastries can be frozen before baking.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 24 

    • 75g almond paste
    • 300g ground almonds
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 30g butter
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 teaspoons amaretto liqueur
    • 1.3kg puff pastry
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 3 tablespoons flaked almonds, for garnish
    • 3 tablespoons icing sugar for dusting

    Method
    Prep:2hr  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:2hr25min 

    1. In a large bowl, beat almond paste with an electric mixer to break it apart. Add the almonds, sugar and salt; continue to mix until the almond paste is no longer lumpy. Stir in the butter, egg whites, almond extract and amaretto liqueur on high speed until its as fluffy as you can get it. Set aside.
    2. Using half of the pastry at a time, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is about 20cm wide and 6mm thick. Trim the edges of the pastry. Cut the pastry in half lengthways to make two 10cm wide strips.
    3. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Line baking trays with parchment.
    4. Fill a pastry bag halfway with the almond filling and pipe a stripe of filling down the centre of each strip. Whisk together the egg and water. Brush onto one edge of each strip. Fold each strip over the filling and press gently to seal it. Brush each piece with egg wash and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top. Cut into 8 to 10cm pieces, then cut 1cm slits into the sealed edge. Place the pastries at least 5cm apart on baking trays. Refrigerate and repeat with the second half of the pastry.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until almonds are toasted and pastry is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and dust with icing sugar right before serving.

    Note

    Use shop bought puff pastry for this recipe, or make your own. This puff pastry recipe is the exact quantity you need for the almond pastries.

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    Reviews in English (22)

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    120

    Loved this recipe. I used frozen puff pastry(where you find the frozen pie pastry) It comes in sheets already rolled out, which makes it fast and easy. After baking, I brushed a glaze made with icing sugar/milk and almond flavoring right over the sliced almonds. It was just what they needed for sweetness. My coworkers were calling me at home for the recipe weeks after! An impressive EASY treat. 5+++ stars.  -  24 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    63

    I definitely recommend making your own puff pastry for this one. I used a recipe I found on Google called "Quick Puff Pastry." After I ran out of my homemade dough, I used up some store bought pastry I had in the freezer and those claws didn't come out nearly as beautiful or delicious. The other thing I would change next time is adding more egg and sugar to the filling. I found it too think and not quite sweet enough. But still, OH SO GOOD!  -  13 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    60

    Pretty good... I would recommend NOT putting sliced almonds on top because they burn in the oven. A sugary glaze would be a million times better. Really good with coffee. They don't keep really well though. Next time I'd half the recipe.  -  21 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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