I saw a recipe for Dutch Letters here so had to add mine, which is a little bit different. This is a great recipe someone gave me years ago on the list. (Thanks again, Teasel!) Theyre very sweet, but very impressive, and most folks just love them. I like to shape them into either the letters of the peoples names, or for whatever group or occasiont Im serving them at. N. B.: You must prepare the pastry and filling at least 24 hours before you intend to bake the pastries. ~- Make the dough: . Sift together flour and baking powder. . Cut in butter until mixture resembles cornmeal. . Add cold water. Mix until smooth and consistency of pastry dough. . Cover and refrigerate overnight (or longer). ~- Make the filling: . Beat almond paste until smooth. . Add 2 cups of the sugar. Continue mixing until smooth. (If possible, use a blender or food processor for this step.) . Add the 3 whole eggs and the vanilla extract. . Mix until thoroughly blended. . Cover and refrigerate overnight (or longer). ~- Assemble and Bake: . When ready to bake the pastries, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. if making 14 pastries, or 425 degrees F. if making 8. . Butter cookie sheets. Set aside. . Remove filling from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. . Remove dough from refrigerator, and divide into either 8 or 14 equal parts. . For each part: ~ Shape into a ball. - Roll into a very large rectangle. (The pastry should be almost paper-thin. For 14 parts, this will be approximately 14 x 4.5 inches long ... For eight parts, it will be almost twice that size.) - Divide filling into 8 or 14 portions (depending upon number of pastries youre going to make.) - Drop small dollops of filling over pastry and carefully and evenly spread with spatula. (Both filling and pastry will tear easily.) - Roll up jelly roll fashion (beginning at long side.) If pastry is too delicate, simply fold both sides up over filling. - Pinch ends shut. - Shape into letter (or leave in one long strip). - Place seam side down on greased cookie sheet. - Brush with slightly beaten egg whites. ~ Sprinkle sugar evenly over top of pastry. - Prick with fork every 2 inches to allow steam to escape. - Bake 25 - 30 minutes. Yield: 8 - 14 pastries NOTES: These can be made ahead and frozen either before or after baking. Posted to EAT-L Digest by Elizabeth McClenthen
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2014g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 7794 (73%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 866g||1155 %|
|Saturated Fat 478.7g||2394 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 271.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 56.2g|
|Cholesterol 1950.4mg||600 %|
|Sodium 5279.5mg||182 %|
|Potassium 2267mg||60 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 672.6g||198 %|
|Dietary Fiber 37.7g||151 %|
|Sugars, other 634.9g|
|Protein 110g||157 %|
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Calories per serving: 10740
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