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Easy Danish Pastry


Ingredients
2 (1-pound) loaves frozen sweet dough*
4 tablespoons flour, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 cup non-fat milk
1 egg, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Instructions
*Plain dough may be used

Thaw loaves and shape into balls. Let rise in a warm place until warm and bubbly. While dough is rising prepare pudding, almond filling, and topping.

Pudding: In saucepan, blend 2 tablespoons flour, salt and 4 tablespoons sugar. Stir in milk. Cook over medium heat until boiling, Stir part of mixture into lightly beaten egg yolk and pour back into saucepan. Cook 1 minutes. Add vanilla and cool.

Almond filling: Mix 1 tablespoon softened butter with 3 tablespoons sugar and almond extract.

Topping: Mix together 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons sugar and slivered almonds.

Roll each loaf into an 8 x 15 inch rectangle. Spread one-half of filling mixture down center of each. Spread 1/2 of pudding down center of rectangle, leaving 2 1/2 inches on the sides unspread. Make 10 to 12 cuts down each side about 1 1/2 to 2 inches into dough, having the same number of cuts on each side. Fold one end in; lace bread taking a strip from each side and overlapping over previous strip.

Place on baking sheet coated with non-stick spray. Beat egg white and brush over each loaf. Top each with 1/2 of topping. Let rise 10 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Nutritional Information
Based on 24 servings, each provides 124 calories, 3.8g protein, 24.8g carbohydrates, 3g fat, 11.6mg cholesterol, 1g fiber, 216mg sodium.
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