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How to make Dutch Letter Pastries

Dutch Letter Pastries are one of the most beloved holiday desserts of all time. These traditional pastries are light and airy and are filled with a delicious marzipan filling. Before baking, the pastry ropes can be shaped to resemble alphabet letters, although the most common letter is “S” (for Saint Nicholas).

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How to make Dutch Letter Pastries

First of all, let’s take a quick look at the history of Dutch Letter Pastries.

Banket (bahn-KET), banketstaaf or letterbanket is a sweet pastry that originated in the Netherlands. Dutch letters are served as a treat during December, and particularly on Sinterklaasavond on December 5th.

Furthermore, the term letterbanket or banketletter refers to the tradition of bending the uncooked logs into the shape of letters that represents the initials of a family’s surname. 

Dutch letters started in the United States by Dutch immigrants and are referred to as a “Dutch Letter” or “Almond Patty.” Source: Wikipedia 

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Since Dutch Letter Pastries only require 5 ingredients, they consequently are easy to make. 

You can make a homemade pastry dough if you’d like, but to keep this recipe simple, I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. In addition, you’ll also need Solo Pure Almond Paste, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and an egg white. 

****(NOTE: Use a pure almond paste made only with almonds and sugar, NOT corn syrup or fructose! Otherwise, the filling will leak out of the pastry during baking.)****

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Start by thawing the frozen puff pastry according to package directions. On a well-floured pastry mat, roll each sheet of thawed puff pastry into a 12 1/2 x 10 -inch rectangle.

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Next, place egg white into a mixing bowl and beat it until it starts to form bubbles. 

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Add granulated sugar, brown sugar and almond paste to the egg white.

Dutch Letter Pastry 6Stir together egg white, almond paste, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Set aside.

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Cut each rectangle into five 10 x 2 1/2-inch strips. Shape a slightly rounded tablespoon of almond filling into a 9-inch long rope. Place the almond rope down the center third of one strip. Roll up the strip lengthwise.

Dutch Letter Pastry 9Now brush the edge and ends with water; pinch well to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough strips and filling.

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Finally, place the filled strips, seam side down, on a non-greased silicone baking mat, shaping each strip into a letter. Brush with water; sprinkle with additional granulated sugar.

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Bake in a 375-degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown.

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Remove pastries from the baking sheet. Cool completely on wire racks.

How to make Dutch Letter Pastries

Picture of the almond filling on the inside of a Dutch Letter Pastry.

Dutch Letter Pastries certainly do not need icing because they are delicious just as they are. Nonetheless, a slight drizzle of melted chocolate and a sprinkle of chopped nuts adds even more texture and flavor. 

How to make Dutch Letter Pastries

Delicious marzipan-filled pastries!

30 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Almond paste (only use almond paste that is made only with almonds and sugar, NOT corn syrup or fructose. Otherwise, the filling will soften and leak out of the pastry during baking.)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 granulated sugar
  • 1 (17.3 oz) pkg Puff pastry, frozen
  • extra granulated sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  1. Thaw the frozen puff pastry according to package directions.
  2. On a well-floured working surface, roll each sheet of thawed puff pastry into a 12 1/2 x 10 - inch rectangle.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, place egg white, beat it until it starts to form bubbles.
  4. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar and almond paste to the egg white.
  5. Stir together egg white, almond paste, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Set aside.
  6. Cut each rectangle into five 10 x 2 1/2-inch strips.
  7. Shape a slightly rounded tablespoon of almond filling into a 9-inch long rope.
  8. Place the almond rope down the center third of one strip.
  9. Roll up the strip lengthwise.
  10. Brush the edge and ends with water; pinch well to seal, repeat with the remaining dough strips and filling.
  11. Place the filled strips, seam side down, on an non-greased baking mat, shaping each strip into a letter. Brush with water; sprinkle with additional granulated sugar.
  12. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
  13. Remove pastries from the baking sheet, cool completely on wire racks.
  14. Serve.

Notes

 

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It seems like everyone who tries Dutch Letters love them! So much so, that they quickly disappear every time I make them. Consequently, consider making a batch of homemade scrumptious marzipan-filled pastries for your next holiday party!

Excuse me while I go grab my mixing bowl!!!

Linda

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