My parents lived in St Louis Missouri for a few years and we loved visiting them there especially since it is only 5 hours from Memphis. When we went to see them we liked to stop in at a store called Trader Joes and they had these almond croissants that were divine. The liquor laws in our area make it so that we will never get a Trader Joes and 5 hours is too far for a pastry so I wanted to replicate them at home. Now you are probably scared that the werewolves finally made me insane and I am going to make my own croissant dough. Relax; even I don’t want to do that kind of work. This recipe is easy as can be. You will need:
1 package of puff pastry, thawed (usually comes as 2 sheets)
4 ounces of almond paste
½ cup of slivered almonds
2 tablespoons of corn syrup
Sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 400° or whatever temperature the puff pastry package recommends. Sprinkle some sugar on your clean counter then lay one of the pastry sheets on it.
Cut the puff pastry in half. Try and get it more even than I did.
Now cut each pastry half into triangle shapes.
Dot the triangles with the almond paste.
Roll each triangle up starting at the widest part and continuing to the pointed end. Repeat with the second pastry sheet.
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. The image below is of unbaked croissants.
Remove from oven and brush with the corn syrup.
Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top.
Now you better grab a few then set them out for everyone else because these will be a hit! I had to hide mine just so I could eat a few!