Scandinavian Almond Puff

Scandinavian Almond Puff

Baking a traditional almond Scandinavian coffee cake is streamlined using cream puff pastry.

40 min. prep time
16 servings
151 Rating



1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 tablespoons water


1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon almond extract


1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


1/4 cup sliced almonds


Heat oven to 350°F.

Place 1 cup flour in bowl; cut in 1/2 cup butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 2 tablespoons water with fork until flour mixture is just moistened. Shape dough into ball. Pat dough into 10-inch circle on ungreased baking sheet. Set aside.

Combine 1 cup water and 1/2 cup butter in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil and butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup flour and 1 teaspoon almond extract. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball . Remove from heat.

Add 1 egg at a time, beating with whisk or wooden spoon after each addition until smooth and glossy.

Spread egg mixture over pastry circle. Bake 50-55 minutes or until surface is crisp and golden. Cool completely. (Topping rises during baking and shrinks during cooling, forming custard-like layer.)

Combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in bowl until well mixed. Add enough milk for desired glazing consistency.

Drizzle glaze over puff; sprinkle with almonds.



Lemon Pecan Puff:   Omit almond extract in topping.  Substitute 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest.  Omit almond extract and milk in glaze.  Substitute 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Omit sliced almonds.  Sprinkle puff with 1/4 cup chopped pecans.

Maple Pecan Puff:
Omit almond extract in topping.   Substitute 1 teaspoon maple extract.  Omit almond extract in glaze.  Substitute 1 teaspoon maple extract.  Omit sliced almonds.  Sprinkle puff with 1/4 cup chopped pecans.

Recipe Tip

Wrap coffee cake puff in plastic food wrap or aluminum foil; refrigerate up to 2 days.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 220

Fat: 14g

Cholesterol: 75mg

Sodium: 140mg

Carbohydrates: 20g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #11348©2000Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is an old family favorite that I had lost the recipe but was happy to find with a LandOLakes recipe book. I make it quite often. It's addictive.

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