My job in the kitchen for holidays is making the most yummy dessert on this planet - Almond Strudel.

I know pumpkin pie is the true Thanksgiving hit but for those of us who prefer a different taste, this hits the spot.  I'm not a pumpkin hater...I just prefer something different.  ;)

It takes a bit of work but it is worth it SOOO worth it.  And, you will be the hit at your gathering if you bring this.

I asked my mom to send me a picture of her cookbook this morning so I can share this recipe with all of you.  As you can see from the pictures...this recipe has seen some love.  What you can't see is that the page for this yummy food item isn't even attached to the cookbook anymore.  It is held together by a rubber band.

Almond Strudel

The crust:

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp cold water

Filling:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp almond extract

Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp cream or milk

For the crust, mix butter and flour with pastry blender until fine.  Add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing with fork.  Press into pizza pan and set aside.

In saucepan or in microwaveable dish, combine 1 cup water and 1/2 cup butter.  Bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Immediately stir in 1 cup flour; mix thoroughly.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing thoroughly after each.  Add almond extract.  Spread over crust and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.  Let it cool.

Mix frosting ingredients together and spread over strudel.  This is best if served the same day.  (don't substitute anything for the butter...use the real stuff)

What's your favorite thing to make for the holidays?  I'd love a new recipe to try out and add to my "yummy" list.  Stick your fav or a link in the comments.

(check out this fun video I made...some tips for those who are shopping this holiday season that came straight from those who are working in retail!)