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Desperate assistance needed from USA

By GuruOfDos ·
Completely non-technical! This is an appeal for help from the US contingent here on TR. Not being funny, but the British and Americans are 'two nationalities divided by a common language'.

You say sidewalk, we say pavement; you say bleachers, we say benches; you say soda, we call it fizzy.

As many of my collegues who interact with me on the forums will know, I'm British and my wife is American. Even so, some things tend to get 'lost in translation'. Would one of you please put me out of my misery. I hear mention of something called a 'bearclaw' which I understand to be a kind of almond-filled pastry, but 'she who must be obeyed' is having a very hard time trying to explain to me what one of these 'bearclaws' actually LOOKS like!!

Would one of you kind souls possibly be so noble as to take a piccy of one with a digital camera and e-mail it to me at the address listed in my profile. You'd be doing me a big favour and putting both myself and the missus out of our mutual misery! Thanks folks :-)

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Follow up to the above...

by GuruOfDos In reply to Desperate assistance need ...

I've been over several times to visit her family in New York, but 'bearclaws' seem to get forgotten every time we've been over, so I haven't yet seen one 'in the flesh' as it were! We have a baby on the way due in August so it's going to be 2004 before we venture over there again, so unless I get help from you kind folks, this issue is going to fester for another 9 months! End my pain and suffering.....please?!!

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I'll see what I can do.

by TheChas In reply to Follow up to the above...

Hi Guru,

I will see what I can do.

Around here, bear-claws are only available on a sporadic basis.

I will keep my eyes open when I am near bakeries.

I do hope that there is not a large regional variation in the size and shape of a bear-claw.

Actually, I think there are regional variations, as I don't believe the ones around here have almonds.
They are usually large cake donuts with sculpted "bear toes" (claws) on one end.


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The Chas...

by GuruOfDos In reply to I'll see what I can do.

You are a diamond! All help gratefully appreciated!

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Link to web site

by TheChas In reply to The Chas...


Here is a link to a web page with a picture of 1 type of Bear Claw.

These are VERY different from the ones I have had at our local bakeries.


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by GuruOfDos In reply to Link to web site

Theresa took one look at the picture and started jumping up and down and telling me that was EXACTLY what she meant!

Thanks pal...I can sleep nights now!

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Fewer "toes"

by ghstinshll In reply to Well...

Most of them that I've seen have had almonds in or on top, but then have some kind of fruity inside, and are "cut" to have fewer toes like, like 3 or 4, and are usually rather large pastries. They're very "puffy" too, like they rise in the making orsomething...

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Picture of a Bearclaw

by munroe In reply to Follow up to the above...

Mike, I'd love to help you, but your e-mail is not listed in your Peer info!!

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My Wife makes them differently than this

by road-dog In reply to Desperate assistance need ...

but here's a photo:

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My Deepest Sympathy

by Oldefar In reply to My Wife makes them differ ...

I had no idea that you had been so misled as to believe a bear claw could be a French pastry. I sincerely hope your wife makes them using an authentic Danish recipe.

I know some Danes in Florida who could possibly provide assistance. I have provided similar assistance in the past to Wisconsain transplants to Atlanta who suffered extreme kringle withdrawl. Pesonally, I have had no success in meeting my needs for Danish pastry in anywhere in the central or southern Florida area, and have only survived thanks to the roadside hot dog providing eye candy enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Regional too

by Oldefar In reply to Desperate assistance need ...

Road Dog posted a French bear claw? For shame!

Bearclaws are Danish pastries in the upper Midwest and left coast of the US. Here is a link to what I think you are looking for - made with almonds instead of that froggy jelly thing.

There are a handful of US Danish bakeries that export via the internet. The ones in Racine WI make a fine kringle, and I have enjoyed quality bear claws in Seattle and California.

The best comes from a recipe my great-grandfather (Bager) passed on to my aunts. They won't give me a copy of it for fear I will publish it. :)

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