About this recipe:In the Netherlands, the Christmas season just isn't the same without banket. It's a delicious pastry that's traditionally served with a cup of tea or coffee. Almond paste is wrapped in a rich and buttery pastry and baked to perfection.
In a large bowl, rub butter into flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the centre, add water. Mix together until the mixture forms a ball. Do not overmix. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 8. Grease baking trays.
In a medium bowl, blend together almond paste, eggs, sugar, almond extract and salt. Divide into four equal portions.
Divide dough in 4 equal portions and roll into 35cm strips. Shape the filling into logs and place along the centre of each long strip of dough. Roll up and pinch the ends to seal. Place strips 5cm apart on baking tray. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.