Bear claw (pastry)

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Bear claw
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Type Doughnut/Pastry
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Dough, almond paste, raisins
Cookbook: Bear claw  Media: Bear claw

A bear claw is a sweet breakfast Danish pastry, originating in the United States during the mid-1920s.[1][not in citation given] It is an almond-flavored,[2] yeast-raised pastry 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] Bear claws contain almond paste and sometimes raisins.

Fritters similar to bear claws are also offered by doughnut shops as paw-shaped doughnuts with apple pie-style filling, and may contain other fillings such as butter pecan, dates, cream cheese, grape, cherry, and apple. These are often referred to as an apple fritter, but the common interpretation of the bear claw is an almond-flavored pastry[3] rather than a doughnut.

Bear claws are mentioned in the U.S. Regional Dialect Survey Results, Question #87, "Do you use the term 'bear claw' for a kind of pastry?"[4]

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  1. ^ "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. ^ "Dialect Survey Results". Joshua Katz, Department of Statistics, NC State University. Retrieved 8 June 2013.