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Almond Puff Coffee Cake

Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

How to Make It

  1. Place 1 cup flour in a medium mixing bowl; cut in 1/2 cup butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons water evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened, shape dough into a ball. Divide ball in half, placing halves on an ungreased baking sheet. Pat each half into a 12- x 3-inch strip, leaving 3 inches between strips.

  2. Combine 1 cup water and melted butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon almond extract and remaining flour, all at once, stirring vigorously over low heat until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a smooth ball. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

  3. Add eggs; beat until batter is smooth. Spread batter evenly over each pastry strip. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Remove from oven, and keep warm.

  4. Combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, remaining almond extract, and 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water in a medium mixing bowl, beating well. Spread over tops of cakes; sprinkle with almonds. Slice and serve warm.

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