56. bear claws.

I like donuts. Alot.

Bear claws aren’t exactly donuts, but they are kind of a donut-like breakfast-y treat. When I saw this post, I didn’t waste much time and made them the first chance I got.

I don’t know if I even know what a real bear claw tastes like, but these were pretty good. They aren’t overly sweet but they are doughy and flakey. Kind of like if a donut/coffee cake were to make a baby….I think they would be good with some mini chocolate chips on top and inside….but then again, what wouldnt?

Also, mine look more like a giraffe paw, than a bear claw? I wasn’t really sure how to get them to be shaped like that….but this was my first pastry experience.

Original recipe here.
2 cups flour
3/4 cup shortening
1 package dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup soy creamer or almond milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 teaspoons egg replacer mixed with 1/4 cup warm water

1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup almond milk
1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of almond milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
slivered almonds for topping

Start with the pastry…Mix yeast and warm water and set aside for about 5 minutes or until foamy. Wisk cream, salt, sugar, and egg replacer mix. In another bowl cut shortening into flour until crumbly and pea sized. Add the liquid & yeast mixture to dry mixture and stir until just mixed. Cover and chill in fridge for atleast 4 hours, or overnight.

Dust work surface with flour and bring out the dough. Shape into about an 8 inch square. Fold into thirds (it will look like a business envelope) Flip the dough and fold into thirds again until you have another square. Repeat 3 times until you end up with a 8 inch square. Refrigerate for 30 mins. Meanwhile mix all ingredients for filling and all ingredients for frosting.

Remove dough from fridge and roll out into a rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle the filling mixture across the center, and then fold both sides in covering the filling. You will have a long rectangle.

Cut into 6-8 squares and pinch down ends to keep in the topping. To make it look more like a bear claw cut toes into one side and then you can bend the pastry back to spread the toes slightly.

Set them on parchment paper and let them rest about 30-60 minutes. They won’t double, but will look a bit puffy.

Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly and drizzle topping and sprinkle with almonds.