Today I enjoyed a good visit with a great friend. She supplied a pot of coffee and a crackling fire and I brought the Danish. I had a tough week and really needed quality time with a kindred spirit. Thanks to her, I feel refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Danish Almond Puffs
Cut together until it resembles a coarse meal:
1/2 cup of butter
1 c. flour
Add 2 Tbsp. cold water
Mix into a dough. Then press into two 3x12 rectangles on an ungreased baking sheet.
1 c. water
1/2 c. butter
add 1 tsp. almond extract
Remove from heat and add:
1 c. flour
3 eggs one at a time beat them in.
Beat until smooth. Spread over the pastry rectangles and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. Combine: 2 c. powdered sugar, 4 Tbs. cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 tsp. salt. Beat the frosting until smooth. When the pastries are out of the oven spread jam down the middle. I use raspberry jam and caramel apple jam. The when cooled drizzle the frosting on. If you remember sprinkle with ground nuts. I always forget that part.
My friend, Amanda, is a very talented Western photographer. Since I grew up on a ranch, her photos bring back memories of life with cattle and horses. If you get a moment check out her website: https://www.amandasmithwesternart.com/ We have a lot in common and clicked pretty much since the day we met. She lives on a ranch in Wyoming, but lucky for me she and her husband also have a cabin in the hills and are our neighbors. With her there is always laughter.
It was a fine way to spend a day. When was the last time you were able to sit and visit with a good friend? If it has been a while, I hope this inspires a visit.