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                      Mayors Braid (Borgmeister Krans)
 
 Recipe By     : Family Circle Magazine February 1974
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Pastries
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1/2                Danish Pastry Dough
                         Almond Filling:
    4      ounces        almond paste
    4      tablespoons   butter -- softened
      1/4  cup           sugar
                         Finishing:
    1                    egg -- slightly beaten
                         sugar
                         sliced almonds
 
 Almond Filling: Beat almond paste, butter, and sugar in a small bowl
 until smooth and well blended.
 
 Roll dough on floured surface to  a 30 x 9 rectangle; cut lengthwise
 into three strips. Spread filling douwn center of each strip, dividing
 evenly. Fold edges of strips over filling to enclose filling completely.
  Press ends of the three filled strips together; braid; press other ends
 of  strips together.
 
  Ease braid onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Join ends together to make a
 ring, about 9 in diameter. Let rise in a warm place 45 minutes or until
 doubled in bulk. Brush with egg Sprinkle generously with sugar and
 almonds. Place in a hot  (400°f) oven; lower heat immediately to 350°f.
 Bake 40 minutes or until puffed and golden; remove to wire rack; cool.
 Cut into wedges to serve. This cake is rich and will spread when baked.
 You may want to place a collar of foil around it just before baking to
 keep it  more compact.
 
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