Saturday, January 24, 2009

Round 3 with Nostalgia

This one takes me back to the early 90's. All the ladies at the church i grew up in made this. This decadent and delightful pastry you see is Almond Puff. Even a pretty name. It was common at morning get together's. I have wanted to make it for years but have somehow been intimidated by what i thought was it's complicated directions. Come to find out that they were not so hard after all. Mom was here for breakfast this morning, so we got to enjoy this blast from the past together. I asked her if she could put a time frame on this one for her and she said the early 80's, when i was just a little girl.

Almond Puff

1/2 c. Butter, softened
1 c. Flour
2 T Water
1/2 c Butter
1 c. Water
1 t Almond Extract
1 c Flour
3 Eggs
Powdered Sugar
chopped Nuts(optional)

heat oven to 350. Cut 1/2 c Butter into 1 cup Flour. Sprinkle with 2 T water over mixture, mix with fork. Round into a ball. now divide in half. On ungreased cookie sheet make each half into a strip abot 12x3, place together on pan.(Here is where you can spread some jam on the dough before you top it with second mixture) In medium saucepan, heat 1/2 c butter and 1 c Water to rolling boil. Remove from heat and quickly add almond extract and flour. Place back on low heat and stir vigorously until it forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in eggs all at once until smooth. Divide in half and spread over dough on pan, cover completely. Bake about 60 min until topping is crisp and brown. Cool. Frost with powdered sugar glaze: mix 1 1/2 c. powder sugar, 2 T Butter softened, 1-1 1/2 t. almond extract and 1-2 T warm water until smooth. Enjoy!
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Grammie/Mom said...

It was yummy!!

MaryMary said...

Looks yummy. Is it like the butter braids they sell for school fundraisers? Those are pretty scrum dilly also.

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