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Banket (Dutch Christmas Log)

Recipe Video Above. Banket is an easy and delicious Christmas dessert idea! Flaky puff pastry is stuffed with a mixture of sweet almond paste and orange zest, rolled into a log and baked until crispy perfection. This simple Dutch pastry tastes AMAZING. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 317kcal
Author Iryna

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 425 F and cover a rectangular baking sheet with a parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a large rectangle, 2 inches shorter than the length of your baking sheet.
  • Cut the pastry in half lengthwise.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the almond paste with the 
orange zest and knead until blended*. (See the notes regarding the almond paste)
  • Divide almond paste into 2 even pieces and roll each peace into a log approximately 1 inch shorter than the length of puff pastry.
  • Place one almond log on one half of puff pastry. Brush the sides of the pastry with a beaten egg.
  • Fold 2 shorter ends of the pastry to cover the almond log. Fold 2 longer ends over the almond log and flip the log so that the seam was at the bottom.
  • Repeat with the 2 second sheet of puff pastry.
  • Transfer the logs onto a prepared baking sheet, brush with the beaten egg and bake for about 25 minutes until slightly brown on top.
  • Meanwhile put apricot jam in a microwave-safe dish and heat for about 20-30 seconds until jam is runny.
  • Brush baked logs with the apricot jam, sprinkle with sliced almonds and dust with confectioners sugar.
  • Serve with a cup of hot tea or coffee!

Video

Notes

*In this recipe I used 7 oz Almond paste pack from Odense (I bought 2 of those) and 14 oz puff pastry sheet from Dufour.
If you buy puff pastry in 17.3 oz pack from Pepperidge Farm with 2 sheets inside, I recommend either to use just 1 puff pastry sheet and reduce the amount of Almond Paste to 7 or 8 oz per sheet, or use both puff pastry sheets and increase the amount of Almond Paste to 14 oz.
---Nutritional Information Should Be Considered An Estimate---

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.4g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 19.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.3mg