Mom’s “Danish” Puff

This pastry was a treat mom would make for wedding showers or baby showers, but it wasn’t uncommon if we were having a brunch at the house for this to show up too.  I don’t know where she got this from & I’ve never had this pastry anywhere else, however mom always called it Danish Puff. I call this yumminess 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/2c butter, softened
  • 1c flour
  • 2T water
  • 1/2c butter
  • 1c water
  • 1t almond extract
  • 1c flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Powdered Sugar Glaze
  • Chopped nuts (I usually use walnuts)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 1/2 cup of butter into 1 cup flour until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over flour mixture & continue to mix. Gather pastry into a ball; divide into halves. Pat each half, on an ungreased cookie sheet, into 12″x3″ rectangles (mine usually end up being more 10″x5″. Yes, I keep a measuring tape in my kitchen junk drawer), about 3″ apart.

Heat 1/2 cup butter & 1 cup water to rolling boil & remove from heat. Quickly stir in almond extract & 1 cup flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minutes. Remove from heat & add eggs – beat until smooth & glossy. Spread half of the topping over each rectangle. Bake for an hour, until topping is crisp & brown. Spread with the powdered sugar glaze & then sprinkle with nuts. The topping will shrink & fall, forming the custardy top.

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