Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 21, 2021


Print This Post Print This Post CREAM CHEESE PASTRY WITH ALMOND FILLING: Rich cream cheese pastry wraps sweet, sticky almond filling for an unforgettable brunch or evening dessert. A light glaze and crunchy almonds on top complete the treat.

CREAM CHEESE PASTRY WITH ALMOND FILLING: Rich cream cheese pastry wraps sweet, sticky almond filling for an unforgettable brunch or evening dessert. A light glaze and crunchy almonds on top complete the treat.

To say that I am a card-carrying member of the (fictional) Almond Lovers’ Society doesn’t even begin to cover it. I am PRESIDENT, people! I am the fearless leader, and I’ve never met an almond dish I didn’t like. In fact, I think most desserts can be improved with the addition of almond extract. Am I right?

Background of this recipe for Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling

My husband came home from work absolutely raving about an almond-filled pastry that was brought into one of their potlucks. I immediately shot back, “Get me that recipe!”

Slices of Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond FillingHis colleague Jessica Lowe, a senior social worker at the VA in West Los Angeles, was happy to oblige, and soon enough I was staring at a printout of her cherished family recipe for Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.

She said her grandmother got her hooked on the recipe as a kid, and she recalls her always making it for their yearly trips out of town to Idaho and Montana as well as afternoon bunches. “My grandmother found this recipe in either a magazine or newspaper clipping in the 1970s and has been making it since. However the original recipe called for raspberry jam and she decided to make it with the Solo Almond Filling. It’s so good I could eat it straight out of the can. Well, I think I have taken a few tastes.” 

(Me too with the can of Almond Filling, Jessica, but don’t tell anyone.)

“The only other person who decided to ask for her recipe was me since I moved to L.A. for grad school in 2010. Now I carry on this recipe with my husband’s family for brunches as well as Easter. It’s always a hit. I’m hoping that I will always be able to find Solo Almond Filling as at times it has been hard to come by. I hope to carry on this dish with my family as well, like my grandmother did with me.” That is so sweet, Jessica, and I love the family tradition.

Glaze dripping off pastry onto a wooden boardI served it to my extended family for Father’s Day brunch and everyone raved. In fact, they kind of gasped while they were eating it…that’s how good it is.

When was the last time you got a gasp at something you baked?

Oblong pastry on a wooden surfboard cutting boardLet’s remedy that and get this beauty in the oven. It’s easy!

How to make Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling

Rolling out Cream Cheese Pastry on a white boardFirst, make a dough with cream cheese. It will be sticky, so don’t freak out if it is. Wash and dry your hands in the middle of kneading and shaping it if you need to. Don’t worry; it will be fine.

Rolling out Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling on ShockinglyDelicious.comRoll it out on a piece of waxed paper, to size.

Transfer Pastry onto a baking sheetThe waxed paper is key to helping you get this onto the baking sheet. I have a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner, and here I am flipping the dough onto the sheet and then peeling off the waxed paper. Voila!

Spread the Solo Almond Filling on Cream Cheese PastrySpread the almond filling down the center third of the dough. You can see that I have marked the dough in thirds.

Make diagonal cuts out from the center on the Cream Cheese Pastry

Make cuts on the outer thirds of the dough.

Enclose the filling with dough strips

Criss cross the strips across the almond filling.

Almonds on top of Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling

Sprinkle slivered almonds on top.

Closeup of slivered almonds on top of Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling before baking

Don’t worry, the filling will not leak out all over. It pretty much stays put.

Slice of Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond FillingThere you go! How pretty is this?

Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 slices

Cream Cheese Pastry with Almond Filling

CREAM CHEESE PASTRY WITH ALMOND FILLING: Rich cream cheese pastry wraps sweet, sticky almond filling for an unforgettable brunch or evening dessert. A light glaze and crunchy almonds on top complete the treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cup Bisquick (I used the Heart-Healthy version, but you can use the regular)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (can use a lower-fat version if you like)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 (12.5-ounce) can Solo Almond Filling
  • 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds
  • .
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Turn oven on to 425F degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut the cream cheese and butter into the Bisquick and granulated sugar, until it is crumbly. You can do this 3 different ways: (1) in a food processor for a couple of seconds, (2) manually with a pastry blender, or (3) in a stand mixer, on low, for a brief time. Blend in milk until it forms a dough. Place the ball of dough on waxed paper and knead it gently about 10 times. Dough will be sticky so feel free to wash and dry your hands during this process if needed, and to use a sparing sprinkle of flour.)
  3. On a sheet of waxed paper, roll the dough out into a 12- by 8-inch rectangle, and flip it onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Spread the almond filling down the center 1/3 of the dough; an offset spatula is helpful for this. Starting on the long side of the dough, make 2 1/2-inch cuts at 1-inch intervals, cutting up to within 1/4 inch of the filling. Cut the other side as well.
  5. Fold the strips over the filling, alternating from each side. Press very lightly so the two strips at top seal together. Seal ends so filling will not seep out. Sprinkle the slivered or chopped almonds on top.
  6. Bake at 425F degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove as soon as done, to a serving dish. Allow to cool.
  7. Make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar and vanilla, and enough milk to make a firm glaze. Start with slightly less than 1 tablespoon milk, and add a bit more if needed until the glaze is the consistency you want. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled pastry.
  8. Cut into 8-10 slices for serving. {Honest report: I think we had 6 people at our potluck and there was none left, so I would confidently say a single recipe of this serves 6.}

Notes

Recipe source: Jessica Lowe.

https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/cream-cheese-pastry-with-almond-filling/

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This recipe was first published July 10, 2018 and has been refreshed and republished today.

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