If you have 75 minutes to prepare a decadent treat, then this Braided Crown with Marzipan and Almonds is just what you need. This rich recipe combines hearty marzipan and almonds with a decadent cake-like base. When you bite into this delicious and divine creation, you will realize what has been missing in your life all this time. We know you and your loved ones will love this sweet and savory treat.
- 25 grams fresh yeast
- 130 milliliters milk (warm)
- 40 grams sugar
- 400 grams flour
- 60 grams softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolks (for gilding)
- 1 tablespoon milk (for gilding)
- 150 grams almonds (powder)
- 2 egg whites
- 30 grams powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 100 grams almond paste
- In a bowl, crumble the yeast, add a little milk (1-2 tablespoons), and dilute with a teaspoon of sugar. Mix and let rise for 5 minutes.
- Pour in food processor bowl with flour, butter, eggs, and remaining sugar.
- Knead for 5 to 7 minutes to obtain a homogeneous dough ball.
- Let rise for 45 minutes, cover the bowl with a dry towel or plastic film.
- Preheat oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Crush almond powder with a fork (it must be flexible enough), add egg whites, beat with a fork.
- Stir in powdered sugar, cinnamon, and almond paste. Set aside.
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a rectangle 35 x 40 centimeters. Cover dough with almond spread, using a knife or a spoon.
- Roll the dough tight (like a rolled cake).
- Cut roll in half, and wreathe the 2 parts together. Cut the 2 ends to get a clean edge, and gather them to form a crown.
- Place this ring on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Using a brush, gild with egg yolk diluted in 1 tablespoon of milk.
- Bake crown for 30 minutes, until golden brown.