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of these sweet treats brings a delicious burst of nutty almond flavor – perfect for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.
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Bear Claw Recipe

The Bear Claw is a flaky pastry that can best be described as a cross between a Danish and a donut. Biting into one of these sweet treats brings a delicious burst of nutty almond flavor – perfect for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond Bear Claw, Bear Claw
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 pieces
Author Izzy

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
  • 4 oz almond paste softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg beaten and divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • optional powdered sugar for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add almond paste, butter, and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until combined.
  • Add half of the egg and flour. Beat until smooth.
  • Unfold the puff pastry and cut into 6 equal pieces.
  • Spread a small portion of filling onto each piece of pastry. Spread it out evenly, leaving about ½ inch gap around the edges.
  • Fold each piece into half and seal the edges.
  • In order to create 5 fingers of the bear claw, cut each rolled piece 4 times (3/4 of the way through the pastry). Separate the claws gently.
  • Brush the bear claw with the remaining egg and sprinkle with sliced almond.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with optional powdered sugar. Let the baked bear claws cool slightly on wire racks before serving.

Notes

  • Make sure your almond paste and butter are soft before mixing. If it's difficult to beat, you can microwave them for 15-20 seconds at a time until they're soft.
  • It’s completely normal if the filling seeps out during baking. You can remove the excess filling before serving.
  • If you prefer to add a glaze, you can use melted chocolate or milk glaze (mixing together powdered sugar and heaving cream to your desired consistency).