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Nussecken, like the ones from the German bakery, combine three favorite layers: a sweet nut mixture, a fine apricot or peach jam and a buttery shortcrust pastry.
A small Almond pastry is a welcome change as an afternoon snack with your coffee This Almond pastry is usually prepared in the winter month, but actually taste good all year round. The reason for this is the perfect combination of nuts, apricot jam and shortcrust pastry.
Not to forget the chocolate corners or sides, which can be made smaller or larger as you wish.
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The heart of the Nussecken is the delicious nut layer, which is made from Hazelnuts, Almonds or Cashews in a buttery honey mixture. They can be either chopped, sliced, slivered and ground, or all combined.
This Nussecken recipe proves how easy it is to make the pastry yourself
1. Nussecken ingredients, flour, almonds, butter sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, peach jam, chocolate 2. Combine ingredients for the Nussecken batter or dough 3. Add 2 eggs, each at a time 4. Combine sugar, salt, butter and eggs in mixer 5 Add flour to batter, a half cup at a time 6. Add flour to batter 7. Combine ingredients for the dough 8. Press together and knead by hand for about 2 minutes 9. Make a dough ball 10. Wrap dough ball in plastic foil and cool in refrigerator for 30 min. 11. Place batter into refrigerator for 30 min. 12. Prepare the almond mixture with butter, sugar and almonds 13. Cook the Almonds with butter, sugar and honey 14. Cook almonds several minutes until bubbly. Let cool a little 15. Remove dough from refrigerator and place on parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F 16. Spread and roll out dough on parchment paper 17. Place dough into baking pan laid out with parchment laid out with parchment paper 18. Place dough in pan with parchment paper, make holes with fork 19. Place dough into oven on 350 F for 5 min. 20. Remove dough from oven and spread peach jam on top 21. Drop almonds on the dough 22. Spread almonds out evenly on dough 23. Place dough with Almond mixture into oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes 24. Remove baked Nussecken almond pastry from oven 25. Cut Nussecken almond pastry while still warm 26. Warm up chocolate in a pan 27. Cut Nussecken almond pastry into triangles Place edges in Chocolate, let dry Nussecken with Hazelnut and Marzipan (per Wikimedia)
Nussecken, a German Almond Pastry
½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 2/3 cup flour
1 dash salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¾ cup Almonds, slivered and/or chopped (300 g)
2/3rd cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 1/3 tbsp honey
5 tbsp apricot or peach jam
1.5 cups grated chocolate (melted)
Preheat the oven to 350 F (convection oven).
Mix butter, salt, sugar, vanilla extract until creamy.
Add one egg yolk at a time to the mixture and mix in.
Add the flour and knead briefly into a mass.
Knead for about 2 minutes by hand or knead with a machine.
Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
After 30 min. cooling, knead the dough for a short time until it is smooth.
Roll out to the dough on the parchment paper, press down as needed into a rectangle.
Place the rolled out dough with the parchment paper \ into the baking pan.
Make some holes in. the dough with a fork.
Bake the rolled out dough in a preheated oven at 350 F (confection) for about 5 minutes.
After baking spread warm apricot or peach jam on top.
Bring butter, sugar and honey to a boil over medium heat, let bubble for 2-3 minutes.
Then turn off the heat.
Add the chopped almonds to the pan.
Distribute the warm almond mixture on the glazed shortcrust pastry and smooth it out.
Bake in the oven for about 15 to 20 min. until golden-brown and bubbling.
Cut around the edge of the baking pan.
Let cool about 30 minutes until topping is firm, but still a little warm.
Cut into squares first, than again to make triangles.
Let cool completely
Melt the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl placed in hot water (or in the microwave)
Dip the edges or sides into the liquid chocolate, or drizzle the chocolate on top.
Double the recipe for a larger family, or preparing as gifts
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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