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    05 Nov

    Banket Dutch Pastry

    banket recipe

    Banket is a Dutch treat -- a puff pastry-like dough filled with an almond paste mixture, then baked to a golden brown. It is a delicious morning treat (or anytime) -- a perfect match with a hot cup of good coffee. I was introduced to Banket as a young child. You see, both my mother's side of the family and my father's side are 100% Dutch. When it comes to pastries, the Dutch love almond paste. Not a single family of Dutch heritage is without some recipe that contains this beloved paste.

    Growing up in a primarily Dutch region of the Midwest, I have had my fair share of almond filled desserts; almond filled bear claws, little tarts filled with an almond paste filling and garnished with butter cream roses, windmill cookies with roasted almonds and, of course, Banket.

    Banket is a relatively easy Dutch treat that is perfect for gift giving during this holiday season. It is primarily made, and consumed, during the holidays in the traditional Dutch culture due to availability of almond paste during the holiday season. The perfect pair to almond paste is vanilla produced in Uganda. Ugandan Vanilla Beans have an aroma is earthy, with tones of milk-chocolate and almonds. The flavor is very bold and assertive. Almond paste and almond desserts can easily blend with the richness of the Ugandan vanilla bean.

    I encourage you to try this delicious Dutch treat, share it with friends and loved ones, and create new memories while celebrating family and baking during this holiday season.

    Banket Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup butter, cold
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 1 1/2 cups almond paste
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 egg white, beaten
    • Demerera Sugar for tops

    Directions:

    In large bowl, cut cold butter into flour until the mixture has a crumb-like texture. Make a well in the center, add cold water. Mix together until the mixture forms a ball. Don't over mix! Chill dough.

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (2).

    In a medium bowl, blend together almond paste, eggs, sugar, almond extract and salt.

    Divide dough in 4 parts, and roll into 15" strips. Place filling along the center of each long strip of dough. Roll up, and pinch the ends to seal.

    Place strips 2" apart on cookie sheets. Brush with egg white, and sprinkle with sugar.

    Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

    Cut into slices when cooled a little, and enjoy!

    Featured Ingredients

    Almond Extract, Natural

    Almond Extract, Natural

    Ugandan Vanilla Beans

    Ugandan Vanilla Beans

    • http://beanilla.com Mary Tobeck

      I grew up eating this recipe except my mom didn't put the sugar on top, though I think the sugar is a great plus! My mom called this recipe a Letter Blanket. Mom said that her mother had some dutch in her, so maybe that is where the recipe came from. I grew up near Chicago and there were a lot of Dutch around South Holland, though I think this recipe has always been in the family.
      This is a recipe that always seems to impress people. Love it!

    • http://Beanilla.com Sarah Herman

      Mary-
      Thank you for your comment! I think cuisine from different cultures and family traditions brings us all together. It's great to meet a fellow Dutch pastry lover!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sugarrushsiouxfalls DeAnna Anema

      I am a little Dutch girl (at heart anyway) I am 30 now :) I love banket and almond patties and anything with almond in it. This is one of my fav recipes and I love making it, even though it is a bit of work, it is totally worth it!!