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About a week ago I decided that I wanted to make some laminated dough. I have made homemade puff pastry several times previously and decided I wanted to try something different. As my mind often wanders from one idea to another (lets face it, my love for pastries makes it difficult to narrow down the list of things I want to make, not to mention keep me under a bajillion pounds) I generally look elsewhere for inspiration. This time I found it in new friend Libby from attheveryyeast.blogspot.com ’s Prune Danish Braid for the Fearless Beginner. Alright, I’m making Danish.
I like sweet cheese, Sara does not. We have several homemade jams at home, but I wanted something different for my Danish. I was in a bit of a quandary over what to do. Being the uninspired dolt that I am I decided to do what I usually do in this situation, spend hours upon hours researching other blogs and my book collection, er… um, I mean email Joepastry. It went something like this:
re: Brilliant Idea, GO!
I want to make some Danish, but I have no idea what to fill them with. I require an immediate and brilliant idea from you in order to complete this task, lest I forgot the entire idea and go directly from work to the bar and drink the entire volume of wine you are missing out on for the remainder of lent - you know, to do my part to help the economy. You have 1 hour.
Being the spoilsport that he is, he not only responded within the allotted time, he did indeed provide a brilliant idea = almond pastry cream. I see now that I was being paid back for my insolence with an elaborate project. Sure, I could just make some pastry cream and flavor it with almond extract, but no, no, Mr. Pastry is aware that I am a perfectionist (and masochist), and would therefore do it the right way, from scratch. Damn you, Joe! Please see my next post for instructions on turning this almond paste into delicious almond pastry cream and marzipan.
Step 1: Steal underpants, (I mean Make almond paste)
Step 2: ?
Step 3: Profit (I mean make almond pastry cream with said almond paste)
Here is what you will need to make roughly 6 oz of almond paste:
Wrap in plastic or store in a tupperware in the fridge.
When ready to use, allow to warm (pop in microwave or place on top of stove with warm oven) to make it more malleable. Also, I feel it prudent to mention that this stuff is like crack for people with a sweet tooth. DO NOT MAKE THIS if you love sweets and lack self control, as you well inevitably eat it every time you even come anywhere near the fridge until it is all gone.