Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Makes 1 large braid

  2. 4 cups unbleached flour

  3. 1 cup unsalted butter

  4. 1 tablespoon dry yeast

  5. 1 cup whole milk

  6. 3 tablespoons pure cane granulated sugar

  7. 3 extra large eggs, beaten

  8. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

  9. All ingredients are used cold.

  10. For the Raspberry-Almond Filling

  11. 1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds

  12. 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (see Pantry)

  13. 1/2 cup homemade Almond Paste

  14. 8 tablespoons top quality raspberry preserves, seeded (preferably homemade)

  15. 1 large egg

  16. 1 tablespoon heavy cream

  17. Homemade Almond Paste

  18. Makes 1 1/4 cups

  19. 1 1/2 cups cold water

  20. 1 cup blanched almonds

  21. 1/2 cup sugar

  22. 1 large egg white

  23. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

  24. 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In your food processor fitted with the metal blade, mix flour and butter together until the mixture resembles coarse gravel.

  2. Use a cup measure to dissolve yeast in a small amount of the milk, then add remainder of milk and the other ingredients. With the food processor running, pour this mixture gradually into the flour and butter mixture. Remove dough to a bowl, cover tightly with oiled plastic wrap and allow dough to rise in refrigerator overnight.

  3. For the Raspberry-Almond Filling 1. Toss the slivered almonds and superfine sugar together in a small bowl and set aside.

  4. Blend the seeded preserves with the room temperature Almond Paste. Set aside.

  5. Divide pastry into 3 equal parts and roll each piece into an 18 x 3 1/2-inch rectangle. Put a strip of the almond-raspberry mixture down the length of each piece of dough. Bring the edges of each piece together and pinch tightly to seal.

  6. Place the strips of pastry side by side (with the seams down) on an oiled 18 x 14-inch piece of parchment. Braid the 3 strips, taking care not to stretch them, and keeping the seam sides down. Pinch the ends together and tuck them under.

  7. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and allow to rise until double in bulk (about 2 hours).

  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the egg with the cream, and use a pastry brush to spread the mixture evenly over the top of the braid. Sprinkle with the slivered almonds and sugar. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until nicely browned.

  9. Homemade Almond Paste 1. In a small (1 quart) saucepan, bring the water quickly to a boil. Add the almonds. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 8 minutes. Drain and cool for 15 minutes.

  10. In your food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the almonds and sugar until smooth (about 1-1/2 minutes) stopping frequently to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the egg white and butter and process for one more minute. Refrigerate until needed.

  11. Teacher’s Tip: Well wrapped, this Almond Paste will keep in your refrigerator for up to a month


Send feedback