While visiting a relative a few weeks ago, I had the greatest dessert which I am sharing with you today. Takes a little while to make, but oh so good!
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp almond flavoring
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
3 T. softened butter
2 T. cream or half and half
1 + tsp almond flavoring
Chopped almonds, for topping
Preheat crust oven to 450 degrees F.
For crust layer: In a mixing bowl, combine flour and softened butter with a fork or a pastry cutter-just like you’re making a pie crust. Add cold water and continue mixing until dough comes together. Spread dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet in a 12 inch by 16 inch rectangle.
For pastry layer: In a medium saucepan, add water and butter and cook over medium heat until butter melts. Add flour and stir. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until the dough forms a ball. Add one egg at a time, beating well each time. Add almond flavoring.
Spread the pastry layer over the crust layer, using your hands or a spatula. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degree F and bake for an additional 15 - 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven to cool.
For Frosting: Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Add additional almond flavoring if you prefer a stronger flavor. Apply frosting to the cooled pastry crust and cut into small triangles. Top each piece with few chopped almonds.
Etc.—This delicious Scandinavian dessert is somewhere between a bar, cookie, and a pastry with a sweet almond icing, which will be a hit for any of your parties, special events, or for that matter your family!