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I love breakfast pastries, especially if they are made with almonds. I am forever searching for a pastry that tastes like my childhood favorites, bear claws. Do you remember bear claws? They are a light yeast pastry filled with almonds and almond paste topped with frosting and a sprinkling of slivered almonds. Bear claw pastries are pretty labor intensive and are hard to find at most bakeries these days, and when you do they typically are not very good. The search for the “perfect bear claw” has led me to numerous almond pastry recipes, because I am searching for the taste and flavor of bear claws without all the work.
While an almond braid pastry is obviously not a bear claw it tastes very similar to what I remember. Recently I tried this recipe from Willow Bird Bakery for Buttery Braided Almond Bread and while my finished product did not come out as beautifully braided as Julies’ it was melt in your mouth delicious!
How to Make a Buttery Almond Braid Pastry
Recipe From Willow Bird Bakery
NOTES: My dough was very sticky but I was afraid to keep adding flour for fear it would get tough. Because it was my first time making it I had a hard time with the braiding, so mine did not look as beautiful as Julies.’
If your dough is sticky Julie suggest putting it into the freezer for 10 minutes or so.
FILLING: Eye the filling, if you think you have too much do not use it all. You do not eat to have a sticky mess.
Lastly, I made lots and lots of glaze/frosting to cover up my wonky braid. I think it look and tastes excellent.
This Buttery Almond Braid is just like the pastry that you get at the bakery. The pastry is light and flaky and the inside is buttery, sweet, creamy and has a delicious almond flavor. Add the glaze and the slivered almonds and I think this is a breakfast treat that you will want to have in your recipe file to make for holidays and special weekend brunches or breakfasts.
Do you like to make pastry? Do you have a recipe for bear claws or an almond bread that you absolutely love that you think we need to make? If so please leave the recipe link in the comments.
Have a great week!