Dutch Banketstaaf

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Banketstaaf is a traditional Dutch pastry, puff pastry with almond paste filling.  I realized I didn’t have a Dutch banketstaaf recipe on my blog yet, it’s such an easy treat to make it’s about time I put a banketstaaf recipe on my blog. All you need is almond paste, egg and puff pastry. If almond paste is hard to find you can check my almond paste recipe and make it yourself.

Traditional Dutch Banket Pastry

Banketstaaf is traditionally made around Saint Nicholas Day and Christmas. They’re always made in the shape of a log and around Saint Nicholas day you can also find them in the shape of an S or an M (that’s why the pastry is also called Banketletter). Around Christmas you usually see them in an  O shape resembling a Christmas wreath with some edible decoration on it.

An Easy Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 01

You’ll need puff pastry, an egg and almond paste. (A full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

First, put your almond paste into a bowl.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 03

Lightly whisk your egg and add a little over half to the almond paste.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

Mix it up till all of the egg is incorporated.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Pour the paste onto your work surface.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

Divide it into two equal pieces.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 07

Shape it into a roll of a little under 8 inches / 20 cm long.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

Next, get your puff pastry. I’ve got small squares, which fitted together makes a puff pastry sheet of 8 inch x 4 inch (20 cm x 10 cm)

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

Place almond paste roll onto the puff pastry at the side.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 09

Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little bit of water.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 10

Roll the pastry onto, and all around the almond paste.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

Tuck in the sides of the banketstaaf.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 12

Take a rolling pin and lightly roll the top of the banketstaaf to make it a little flat on the top.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

Lay the banketstaaf onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, make sure the seam is on the bottom. Brush the banketstaaf with the rest of the egg and bake in the oven till golden.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 14

The finished banketstaaf should look nice and golden like this.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 15

You serve the banketstaaf in small pieces of approximately 1 inch / 3 cm. They’re decadent little pieces so a small piece goes a long way.

 

Dutch Banketstaaf Recipe | This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 16

You can serve the dutch banket pastry cold or warm. I prefer them warmed up, just pop them back into the oven for a few minutes just before serving.

 

This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat.

Unless you don’t like almonds I can’t see how you won’t be loving this pastry. Why not make this Dutch banketstaaf recipe for Christmas? It’s a real treat!

 

This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with filling. A Christmas treat.

 

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Dutch Banketstaaf
This banketstaaf recipe is an easy recipe for the traditional Dutch Banketstaaf. Dutch Banket Pastry is puff pastry with almond filling. A Christmas treat.
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Type Other
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
banket slices
Ingredients
Type Other
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
banket slices
Ingredients
Votes: 25
Rating: 4.4
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C / 350 °F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly whisk an egg. Mix a little over half of the egg with the almond paste. Mix together well till all of the egg is incorporated into the almond paste.
  3. Divide the almond paste into two and shape both pieces into a little under 8 inch rolls. (The almond paste rolls will need to fit onto the puff pastry with a little room left on the sides to seal the pastry.)
  4. Place two squares on your work surface and stick them together at the sides. Do the same with the other two pieces. You should end up with two puff pastry sheets of 8 inch x 4 inch / 10 cm x 20 cm.
  5. Place the almond paste rolls onto the puff pastry sheets. Make sure you put them at the edge of the long side of the pastry, leave a little room at the sides. Lightly brush the sides of the puff pastry with a little bit of water.
  6. Roll the pastry around the almond paste roll and tuck in the sides.
  7. Place on a baking tray with the seam on the bottom and brush with the remaining egg.
  8. Bake in the oven for roughly 20 - 25 minutes, till golden.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups.

8 comments

  1. Tim
    25 December 2018

    …”and around Saint Nicholas day you can also find them in the shape of an S or an M (that’s why the pastry is also called Banketletter)”

    do you mean in the shape of an S or an N ?? for Saint Nicholas?

    1. 27 December 2018

      No, I actually do mean ‘M’. However, I don’t know why an ‘M’ is made. I’ll have to look into the history of that. 🙂

  2. Maggie Mathijssen
    15 December 2018

    This is an amazing recipe my dad is from the Netherlands and I am first generation born here I make this every year I find that it is easy after you mix the almond paste with the ingredients to put it in some wax paper roll it into a log and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours hope this helps with some who have problems with the paste being too runny

  3. Kristen
    4 December 2018

    How do I prevent it from splitting open! I make this every Christmas, but I make my own pastry dough ( my mother-in-law recipe).

    1. 7 December 2018

      If you mean your pastry cracks, it could be that your dough is too dry. You can keep your dough covered with plastic wrap before baking.

    2. lynn wiersma
      15 December 2018

      No matter how well I seal the dough, some of the paste leaks out. I seal the edges of the dough with a bit of watter, and brush the seam and ends with egg white to help seal. I prick the tops with a fork several times and this sometimes helps.

      1. Kathy Swart
        19 March 2019

        I always make my own dough for this recipe too, and it splits. I now let it split. I have found that we actually like the split. When the almond paste splits while baking, it gets crunchy, yummy ☺️

    3. Donna
      27 June 2019

      Do you put slits in the top? I was told to do that so air has a place to escape from. I put three to four small diagonal slits on the top of each log.

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