This is just something I grew up with. It is flaky, buttery, and delicious! My mother got this recipe from a neighbor lady when I was a very little girl. Even though she was Norwegian, she called it Swedish Puff! That made my mother smile (we are Swedish!) There was always some friendly joking between the Swedes and Norwegians where I grew up! My sisters and I loved it. My family loved it too.
1Mix crust ingredients as you would pie crust. (This is what the original recipe said but it is kind of like pie crust as the butter is soft.) Press into a pizza pan. Set aside.
2To make puff place 1 c. water and 1/2 c. butter into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining flour until a thick paste forms. Beat in eggs one at a time until well blended. Add 1 t. almond flavoring.
3Spread puff mixture over crust in the pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees about 40-45 minutes until puffed and golden.
4Remove from oven and cool. Mix icing by adding remaining almond flavoring to powdered sugar. Add water, a few drops at a time, until icing is smooth and can be drizzled over pastry.
5Drizzle icing over pastry and sprinkle almonds over icing. Cut into squares (I know. Weird. It IS a round pan.) and serve with Swedish coffee. Or any coffee. We just always had Swedish.
6If you like, sprinkle a few well-drained, chopped maraschino cherries on with the almonds.