If you love almond flavours then give these sweet almond rolls a try. Flaky puff pastry on the outside wrapped around a log of homemade almond paste, these are a perfect easy recipe for pastry lovers!
When I was a child my mum used to make beautiful almond rolls every year. The pastry was homemade ruff puff pastry and the filling was a homemade almond paste. I love almond flavours and my mum's almond rolls were a recipe I looked forward to every year.
So, it may come as a surprise that I hadn't ever attempted to make them myself until now. I suppose having a husband who hates marzipan and does not like almonds does not help. Sometimes his tastes are incomprehensible to me and I'm sure he'd say the same about mine! He most definitely did not want to eat these almond rolls and so there were plenty for me!
What ingredients do you need for almond rolls?
To make these sweet almond pastries you'll need:
- Caster sugar
- Icing sugar
- Ground almonds
- Almond extract
- Ready rolled puff pastry
And for the glaze you'll need:
- Icing sugar
- Almond extract - This can be replaced with lemon juice plus less water
What kind of pastry to use for Almond Rolls
I decided to take a shortcut and use ready rolled puff pastry but if you'd like to make your own then do take a look at this ruff puff pastry recipe. Personally I find that life is so busy at Christmas that if I want to do some festive baking, I want it be simple. Most of the puff pastry you can buy is a really good quality and it's a shortcut I'm happy to take!
Of course, you could also make them with homemade shortcrust pastry.
Is almond paste easy to make?
Yes! It is actually incredibly easy to make. It's just a case of mixing together all the right ingredients. To make almond paste you need ground almonds, caster sugar, icing sugar, egg and a little almond extract just to really bring out the almond flavour.
Of course, if you want to make these with some ready made marzipan, then please do.
The great thing about making your own almond paste is that you can put as much extra almond flavour in as you want. You can even experiment with other flavourings such as lemon or orange.
What are these almond rolls glazed with?
I make a simple almond icing to go on top of the almond rolls as it gives them a lovely strong almond taste but you could also use different flavours. Lemon would go nicely or even some vanilla.
How else can you adapt these sweet puff pastry rolls?
Well, if you want to be really creative why not change them into another kind of sweet nutty roll? How about grinding up your own pistachios or hazelnuts and making the homemade marzipan with that instead of ground almonds?
I think these would be absolutely delicious made with pistachios!
How long can you keep these almond rolls?
These almond rolls will keep for about a week stored in an airtight container. However, you can make them in bulk and freeze them. If you do this then bake them after freezing them. You can bake them from frozen but will need to add on a few minutes extra to the cooking time.
More sweet Christmas recipes
Finally, if you like nuts you should definitely check out my easy caramelised pecans!
- 85 g caster sugar
- 140 g icing sugar
- 225 g ground almond
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 320 g ready rolled puff pastry
For the Glaze
- 80 g icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Put the caster sugar, icing sugar, ground almonds, egg and almond extract in a bowl and stir with a fork to form a dough. Use your hands at the end.
- Divide the mixture into three equal amounts.
- Unroll the puff pastry. Cut into three equal sized rectangles.
- Roll the almond paste between your hands to get sausage shapes as long as the puff pastry.
- Put the almond paste sausages on the pastry and roll up. Dampen the pastry with a little water along one side to help it stick. Cut each one into 5 pieces.
- Place the almond rolls on a baking tray and bake int the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden on top. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
- Make the glaze by mixing the icing sugar, almond extract and a little water together. Be careful not to add too much water as it will be too runny. Use a spoon to drizzle a little of the glaze on each almond roll.