Dutch Almond Roll.
Just to show that this site is not exclusively about Indo food, here is a recipe for a traditional Dutch delicacy sold in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
In the Netherlands you would buy the almond paste ready made in the shops but making your own is very simple and quick. It’s flavour does improve if made about a week before use and kept in a cool place. It resembles Marzipan but is coarser in texture.
To make things simple I use shop bought puff pastry sheets, but don’t let that stop you to make your own. One pastry sheet is enough to make 2 rolls, so I have adjusted the required ingredients to do just that.
- 400 grams ground almonds
- 400 grams crystal sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- Ready-made puff pastry (about 400 Grams)
- 1 egg
- 2 table spoons apricot jam or glaze
- Glazed fruit (cherry’s etc.)
- Whole almonds
- Icing sugar for dusting
Place all the ingredients for the almond paste in a bowl and with your hands or mixer make into a smooth, even paste. Set aside to cool or keep for longer.
Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F.
Roll out the pastry on a flour dusted work surface and cut in 2 lengthwise. Divide your almond paste into two and make into a roll slightly shorter than the pastry sheet. Place paste into the middle of the sheets and roll the pastry around it, sealing the joint with the beaten egg and tucking in the ends. Place on a baking sheet and glaze with the remaining egg.
Bake in centre of oven for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and decorate with the almonds and glazed fruit. Heat the apricot jam in a saucepan and brush over the almond roll. Leave to cool. Dust with the icing sugar.
Serve with a nice cup of coffee or tea.