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A bear claw is a sweet breakfast food, chiefly popular in the United States during the mid-1920s. It is an almond -flavored, yeast-raised pastry shaped in a large, irregular semicircle with slices around the outside, evoking the shape of a bear's claw. Bear claws often contain almond paste or raisins. Other fillings include butter pecan, dates, cream cheese, grape, cherry and apple—although this is often referred to as an apple fritter.
Bear claws are also offered by doughnut shops as paw shaped doughnuts with apple pie–style filling, but the common interpretation of the bear claw is as a pastry rather than a doughnut.
See also 
- ^ "Bear claw". Dictionary of American Regional English. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- ^ C, Frances. "Almond Bear Claws". www.allrecepies.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- ^ a b Pastry, Joe. "he Bear Claw". www.joepastry.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012.