Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cherry Almond Roll-Ups

I wish I knew where the past few weeks have disappeared to, but lo and behold here we are again ready for another ...

Dessert Challenge from the Lady Behind the Curtain.

This month's challenge ingredients - almond paste and pastry.

I have never used almond paste and had really thought about making my own, but thankfully, a few weeks ago I found that someone else had made some for me and packed it nice and neatly inside a cute little can on the grocery shelf in the baking aisle.  Yes thankfully, because it just hit me yesterday morning that the Challenge posts were going up today!  

So I have had this almond paste for awhile but without a clear idea of exactly what to do with it.  Since the due date slipped up on me, I decided to keep it as simple as possible.  With cherry preserves left over from last month's challenge and a box of prepared pie crusts in the refrigerator, I give you ... 
Cherry Almond Roll-Ups.

A pretty quick fix and as it turned out, pretty delicious, too.  My husband announced, "these have to leave the house!"   
Cherry Almond Roll-Ups

1 purchased pie crust (half of a 2-crust box)
1/2 cup almond paste
2/3 cup cherry preserves
1 egg, beaten with small amount of water
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Unroll refrigerated pie crust onto a sheet of waxed paper dusted with sugar.  Cut into 8 wedges.  Soften almond paste slightly in the microwave, about 20 seconds.  Scoop rounded tablespoons of the softened paste and spread onto outer edge of each wedge.  Top with a generous tablespoon of preserves. Brush uncovered edges of crust with egg wash.

Starting at outer edge, roll up each wedge and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Brush each roll with egg wash.

Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.  I had some preserve leakage but I may have filled them a bit too generously.

Place baking sheet on wire rack to cool.  While cooling, mix powdered sugar with just enough water for a nice glaze.  Drizzle over each roll and top with a few slivered almonds.

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  1. Mmmmm...there isn't a better flavor than cherries and almonds together! I can only imagine how heavenly each bite would be!! Lovely!

  2. Almonds and cherries are a perfect match! What a yummy treat!

  3. What a great recipe! Thanks so much for participating in Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge. I'll see you again next month with Caramel and Pretzels! YUM! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  4. You know something is good when your spouse tells you, " You gotta get these outta here!" Love these little roll ups. It's like handheld, portable pie! Simple yet so creative and there's no better match for cherries than almonds. Perfect! I'll definitely need to make these.

  5. I always have frozen pie crust in the freezer for occasions like this! Perfect for a nice after school snack (at least that's what I'm telling myself as an excuse to make these)Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Treasures, you're being featured this week!