Banket

An almond filled pastry from Holland.

Pastry Ingredients:
3 sticks (3/4lb) butter, chilled & cut into small pieces
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon rind
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon ice water

Filling Ingredients:
1-7 oz box Odense Almond Paste
10 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs (separated)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Garnish: cinnamon sugar

TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
Box grater
Food processor
2 large cookie sheets
Parchment paper
 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour cookie sheets or line with parchment.
  2. To make the dough, use a food processor fitted with metal blade and add the flour, butter and rind.
  3. Pulse until mixture has a small crumb-like texture. Add the water and mix until dough will press together into a ball.
  4. Divide into 6 equal portions. Shape into 5 x 2 (approx.) rectangles. Wrap and refrigerate.
  5. To make the filling, grate the Almond Paste on large hole side of grater.
  6. Put in the processor bowl Almond Paste, sugar, egg yolks (reserving egg whites) and cornstarch. Mix until the filling comes together.
  7. Cut into 6 equal portions.
  8. Roll each portion into a 12 rope (just like modeling clay.) Lightly flour your hands if sticking. Place rolls on a tray, cover and set aside.
  9. Beat egg whites with one teaspoon of water until frothy. Set aside.
  10. On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of refrigerated dough into a 3 x 14 strip.
  11. Center one Almond Paste rope on dough strip about one inch in. Brush short ends with egg white and fold in.
  12. Roll up long way, jelly roll style and trim if needed. Brush edge with egg white, trim as needed and pinch seams together. Repeat until all bankets are rolled.
  13. Place bankets 2 apart, seam side down, on cookie sheets. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  14. Prick with a fork every inch, deep enough to pierce the dough and just touch the filling.
  15. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  16. Cool sheets on cake rakes. When bankets are cool, gently release from pan and wrap well. Cut into desired pieces to serve.