Sweet Almond Pastry

It was my dad’s birthday last week and I wanted to make something for him to celebrate the occasion.  He’s a breakfast kinda guy, especially breakfast baked goodies.  He’s also a huge fan of anything almond-y.  Do you remember my Almond Biscotti?  I made those with him in mind.  I’ve combined the best of both worlds and made him this sweet almond pastry.

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Sweet Almond Pastry Recipe
(About 6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs, divided per the directions
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 ounces of almond paste (I used Solo.)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • sprinkling of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar (optional for dusting on top)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay parchment paper or a silicon mat on a baking sheet and set it aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together 1 egg with the water and set it aside.  (This is the egg wash.)
  4. In a food processor, add egg, almond paste, sugar, and vanilla extract and blend until all of the ingredients are well combined and smooth.
  5. Very lightly flour your work surface.  Unfold the thawed pastry sheet and roll it out to a 10  x 12 inch rectangle.  Then place it onto the prepared baking sheet.  (It’s okay if some of the pastry is hanging over the side of the baking sheet.)
  6. Place the short side facing you.  Spoon the almond mixture on the bottom half of the pastry, keeping a 1 inch border from the edges.
  7. On the top half of the pastry, cut 2 inch long slits, about 1 inch apart.
  8. Fold the pastry over the filling.
  9. Seal all 4 sides by pressing the edges together with a fork.
  10. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.  (You will not use all of it.)
  11. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
  12. Bake it in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  13. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake it for an additional 20 minutes or until the pastry is a golden brown.
  14. (Optional) Once the pastry has cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Source:  Pepperidge Farm

 

After you roll out the pastry dough, place it right onto the baking sheet.  I find that it is easiest to prepare it this way so that you don’t have to move it again when it’s all full of almond filling.

Almond paste is mostly just ground almonds and sugar.  This stuff is intense.  Meaning a little of it goes a long way.  Mmm, it already smells super almond-y in the kitchen.

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I placed a cutting board underneath the top half of the pastry dough in order to cut the slits easily.  This trick also helped me to avoid tearing the fragile dough over the edge of the pan.

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Before…

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And after.  (Hehe, I do love my before and after shots.)

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The pastry is out of this world delicious.  Who doesn’t like buttery layers of fluffy pastry?

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The rich almond filling is smooth, tender, and wait for it, almond-y.  The toasted almonds on top add a nice crunch and enhance the almond flavors.

It’s sweet, but not overly so which is a good thing when it’s being used as breakfast if you ask me.  Although feel free to go ahead and enjoy this for dessert too!

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For you almond lovers, this is the bomb digity.  My dad raved about this for days.  Even for you so-so almond lovers (like me), this is quite delightful.   Although I think my favorite part is the powdered sugar.  You can’t go by me though because I’m obsessed with the stuff.  Do you know how hard it was for me to do a mere sprinkle instead of coating the pastry like a winter wonderland?     😉

I included more photos than normal (and I’m sure my husband will tell me to edit some out), but I felt like a wedding photog trying to get the perfect pictures on a day that only happens once.  It was almost impossible to get it down to these few.

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My dad adored this almond pastry with his morning coffee and that made me happy.     🙂

 

Rating:

3 Hats

 

Here are some other lovely almond treats.

Almond Biscotti

09Almond Biscotti

Almond Granola

05Almond Granola

Almond Cranberry Granola Poppers

05Almond Cranberry Granola Bites

Comments

  1. This pastry looks amazing, Tina! I LOVE almonds and anything pastry is SO up my alley. This is my idea of an awesome weekend breakfast! Gorgeous pics too, girl!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah! Have a lovely week. 🙂

  2. Lori says:

    This will be a big hit for my youngest. She is a big time fan of almond deserts and snacks.

    1. Tina says:

      It sounds like she’d love this! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  3. This pastry looks like it belongs in a bakery window! Seriously – picture perfect (love all the photos!) I love all things almond, so I bet this is right up my alley. I’m all about powdered sugar on pastries, too. For me, more = more. Have a great weekend, Tina! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      You are so sweet! Thank you thank you. 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    I am 100% an almond lover so I would be alll over this! You’re making me want a piece with a cup of coffee right now 🙂 And I have that same powdered sugar sprinkler on-er! haha Happy friday!

    1. Tina says:

      Caution, more than 1 piece may be consumed with a cup of coffee. 😉
      Haha… I’ve been meaning to get a new sprinkler can because the top is so hard to get on and off.

  5. I’m an almond lover Tina. This looks amazing and I bet it’s fabulous. Your dad is lucky to have you.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Norma!

  6. This looks really yum Tina! So flaky! Sign me up!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Chris!

  7. This looks so so so amazing! Love how delicate the pastry is!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  8. Mary Frances says:

    Puff pastry makes such fun treats! The texture is perfect for the almond flavor. What a wonderful gift for your dad, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m loving this puff pastry and I’m already brainstorming of how else I can cook with it. 🙂

  9. you can never go wrong with a good pastry.. yum, this looks delicious. thanks for sharing a great recipe + idea!

    1. Tina says:

      I totally agree…good pastry is a serious winner in my home! 🙂

  10. This looks so great. I love the flavor of almonds. I’ve never worked with almond paste – I’m going to have to try your favorite brand and then make this ASAP. I want a piece right now! Hope you are having a nice and relaxing Sunday!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Cate! My weekend was amazing! I met up with my family in Lake George. Getting up to go to work this morning was tough.
      I hope you had a lovely weekend. 🙂

  11. This looks awesome Tina! I love the step-by-step photos! It makes it look easy to make and I’m loving the flavor combination!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Kristi! I love step by step photos when I’m trying a new recipe because it doesn’t seem as intimidating to me. So I like to keep that in mind for others who may feel the same as me. 🙂

  12. Kelly says:

    This looks amazing, Tina! I am an almond lover especially when they are jam packed into flaky pastries so I would definitely not be able to resist this. It sounds delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! 🙂

  13. Im only a so-so almond lover, but will take your advise and try them, the do look really yum Tina! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      If all else fails, scoop out the almond filling and eat the yummy pastry! 😉

  14. Victoria Cooke says:

    Love, love, love this. What an elegant dessert to serve. Thanks, Tina.

    1. Tina says:

      You are so sweet! Thank you. 🙂

  15. This reminds me of my favorite sweet almond croissant from the local bakery. YUM! I’d be happy to get this for my birthday 😉

    1. Tina says:

      Oooh, a sweet almond croissant sounds AMAZING! One birthday pastry coming right up… I wonder if the birthday candles will stand up straight? 😉

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