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January 31, 2021

Almond Pastry Recipe

My mother is a great baker! She has been making this since as far back as I remember. 
It might take some time to perfect but WORTH it!!
What you will need:

For Pastry Base:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled
2 tablespoons water
Pinch of salt

For Pastry Top:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs, room temperature

For Glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons warm milk (2% or more)
1 teaspoon real almond extract
sliced almonds to garnish, optional
For the Base: Place flour, melted butter and salt into large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with water and mix with fork. With your hands press the four mixture into a ball and then divide into two equal halves.
Lightly pat each half into two long oblong rectangles on a baking pan.
 I used parchment paper for easy clean up!
To make the Pastry Top: Place 1 cup of flour in to the bowl, set aside. Crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork, set aside. In a medium sauce pan combine butter and water and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour into flour and stir on low until combined.
Add almond extract and salt. Increase speed to medium low.
Very slowly begin to drizzle the eggs into the flour butter mixture. Beat until completely combined. Spread an equal amount of the mixture over each pastry base with a rubber spatula.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 50-60 minutes, until golden brown.
While pastry is baking combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Glaze immediately after removing from oven. 
Slice and serve! 
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