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Dec 03

Christmas Memories and Family Traditions

Almond Danish Puff

from the Kitchen of Vintage Mama

 

I learned how to make this Danish Puff from our Great-Grandma many years ago, and it is a Christmas tradition in our family to serve this on Christmas morning. It is so simple, but beautiful and delicious, that we also make a few extras to give to our friends and neighbors.

 These Danish Puffs look lovely on a crimped tinfoil tray, then wrapped in clear plastic wrap and tied with a bright red or green bow! Perfect for gift-giving, and one of our favorite holiday traditions.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup butter, softened

2 Tbsp water

½ cup butter

1 cup water

1 tsp almond extract

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup all-purpose flour

 

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1 Tbsp milk, or as needed

2 Tbsp red or green sugar sprinkles (optional)

½ cup sliced almonds for garnishment (optional)

Let’s make it!  Place 1 cup of flour in a medium bow. Mix in butter using a fork or a pastry blender. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of water over, and stir with a fork until dough comes together. Divide into two balls. Pat dough into two long strips on an ungreased baking sheet, about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. Set aside.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan, combine ½ cup of butter and 1 cup of water. Bring to a tolling boil. Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract and remove from heat. Immediately stir in 1 cup of flour until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Gradually stir in eggs until well blended. Divide evenly, and spread over the two crusts on the baking sheet.

  Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Allow to cool almost to room temperature before frosting.

 To make the frosting, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of almond extract and a splash of milk in a small bowl until smooth. Add more mild if necessary to desired consistency. Drizzle over the Danish Puffs, and decorate with additional sliced almonds and colored sugar sprinkles, if desired.

Makes 2 Danish Puffs, 12 inches X 4 inches.

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