Almond Pastry

Today we made Almond Pastry!

This recipe is from The New York Times Cookbook, 1961

4 3/4C sifted four, 1 1/2C butter, 1 1/2 pkgs dry yeast, 1 1/4C warm milk, 1/4C sugar, 1 egg, beaten, water

our filling: 7 oz almond paste, 1 egg, 1/2C sugar

Sift flour. Measure 1/3C into a large bowl. Add the butter, cubed.

Almond Pastry

Chop together with two knives. Roll between two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper into a 12″X6″ rectangle. Smooth out evenly. Chill.

Almond Pastry

Almond Pastry

Sprinkle the yeast on the milk (warmed to between 105 and 115F). Let stand until softened and mixture has cooled. Stir in the sugar and egg. Gradually add the remaining flour. Mix with a wooden spoon until a soft dough is formed.

Almond Pastry

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Roll the dough on a floured surface into a 14″ square. Place the butter-flour mixture on 1/2 the dough.

Almond Pastry

Fold the other half of the dough over it. Press around the edges to seal. Pat the dough with a rolling pin and then roll it out into a paper-thin sheet. Fold the sheet of dough into thirds. Repeat the patting, rolling and folding process 3 times. If the butter mixture begins to soften and ooze out, chill the dough before continuing. Cut the finished dough into 3 equal portions. Mash filling ingredients together.

Almond Pastry

Almond Pastry

Roll out one portion of dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut the dough into squares, and then triangles. Spread 1T of filling onto each triangle.

Almond Pastry

Roll each triangle from base to apex into a crescent. Place the crescents on lightly greased baking sheets.

Almond Pastry

Cover with paper towel and set aside to rise until half doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400F. Brush the crescents with slightly beaten egg diluted with a little water and bake on the lower shelf of the oven until brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on racks.

Almond Pastry

No-Bake Fudge

Today I made No-Bake Fudge!

4C powdered sugar, 8oz cream cheese (fat-free, if desired), 4oz unsweetened chocolate, melted, 1 pinch salt, 1/2C chocolate covered almonds

Mix sugar with cream cheese until well blended.

No-Bake Fudge

Add melted chocolate and salt. Stir well.

No-Bake Fudge

Stir in almonds.

No-Bake Fudge

Pour into greased square baking dish. Spread evenly.

No-Bake Fudge

Freeze 3 hours. Cut into squares.

No-Bake Fudge

Coconut Nut Bars

Today I made Coconut Nut Bars!

1/2C butter, melted, 2C vanilla wafer crumbs, 1C mini chocolate chips or 1/2C chocolate chips (optional), 1C coarsely chopped pecans and/or almonds, 1C coconut, 14oz sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350F.

Coconut Nut Bars

Melt butter and pour into baking dish.

Coconut Nut Bars

Coconut Nut Bars

Add ingredients in order listed.

Coconut Nut Bars

Coconut Nut Bars

Coconut Nut Bars

Coconut Nut Bars

Coconut Nut Bars

Do not stir. Bake 30 minutes or until set. Cool before cutting.

Coconut Nut Bars

Almond Rocky Road Clusters

Today I made Almond Rocky Road Clusters!

6oz semisweet chocolate chips, 1/4C peanut butter,
2T light corn syrup, 2T shortening, 1C slivered almonds, 1C mini marshmallows

Melt chips, peanut butter, corn syrup and shortening.

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Stir until smooth.

Cool 10 minutes. Stir in almonds and marshmallows until just blended.

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Drop by teaspoonfuls onto foil.

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Chill until firm.

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Almond Peanut Chocolates

Today I made Almond Peanut Chocolates!

3 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 1 tsp vinegar, 12 oz milk chocolate chips, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts, 3/4 cup thinly sliced almonds

In large saucepan, stir first 5 ingredients constantly, until boiling.

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Stop stirring. Boil 3 minutes without stirring.

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Add chips, stirring quickly until melted.

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Stir in nuts.

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Quickly drop by tsp onto foil-lined cookie sheets, before mixture solidifies.

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Almond Peanut Chocolates

Chill one half hour or more. Store in fridge.

Almond Peanut Chocolates