Bear claw (pastry)

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Bear claw
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Type Pastry, doughnut or fritter
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Dough, almond paste
Ingredients generally used Raisins
Cookbook: Bear claw  Media: Bear claw

A bear claw is a sweet, yeast-raised pastry, similar to a Danish, originating in the United States during the mid-1920s.[1][not in citation given] A bear claw is usually filled with almond paste,[2] and sometimes raisins, and often shaped in a large, irregular semicircle with slices around the outside, or rectangular with partial slices along one side. As the dough rises the sections separate, evoking the shape of a bear's toes.[3]

A bear claw may also be a yeast doughnut in a shape similar to that of the pastry.[3] Such doughnuts may have an apple pie-style filling, or other fillings such as butter pecan, dates, cream cheese, grape or cherry. Bear claw may also refer to an apple fritter.

The name bear claw as used for a pastry is first attested in 1936.[4] The phrase is more common in Western American English,[1] and is included in the U.S. Regional Dialect Survey Results, Question #87, "Do you use the term 'bear claw' for a kind of pastry?"[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Bear claw". Dictionary of American Regional English. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  2. ^ FrancesC. "Almond Bear Claws". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Pastry, Joe. "The Bear Claw". Joe Pastry. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bear Claw". Retrieved Feb 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dialect Survey Results". Joshua Katz, Department of Statistics, NC State University. Retrieved 8 June 2013.