1 c soft butter or margarine, divided
2 c flour, divided
1c plus 2 tbsp water, divided
1 tsp almond extract
Mix 1/2 c softened butter with 1 c flour until smooth. Add 2 tbsp water and mix till smooth. Spread on a cookie sheet in two 12 inch by 3 inch strips.
In a saucepan, bring 1/2 c butter and 1 c water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add almond extract and 1 c flour. Stir. Mixture will form a ball and follow spoon around the pan. Return to low heat. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add all the eggs at once. Stir until smooth. Spread over pastry strips. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour.
Ice with powdered sugar glaze flavored with almond extract. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the top while icing is still soft if desired.