Friday, December 25, 2009


Well, I did it. I jumped into the Dutch world and learned how to make banket this year. I have always loved it but really had no clue how to make it. Add that to the fact that I have a pastry phobia and you have one Dutch girl who can't make a stick of banket! Well, Judy swooped in to save the day! My first batch turned out pretty good!

1 lb COLD butter
4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c ice water

Mix first four ingredients and drizzle in ice water until dough forms a ball. Chill. Roll into a oblong strip~appx. 6" x 20". Fold into thirds and let rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. Do this 3 times.

1 lb almond paste~DO NOT use almond pastry filling
2 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten

Mix and chill in fridge. Divide into 8 equal parts.

Cut dough into 8 pieces. Roll into strips about 15" x 6". Place 1/8 of the filling down the center, about the width of a dime. Fold ends over and roll up, sealing with water. Place seam side down and brush with egg wash. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then pierce top with a fork about every 1 1/2 inches. Bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

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