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Celebrating the European city of York

A Very Dutch Celebration Christmas Wreath

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My Dutch friend, Cobi, who has lived in Yorkshire for over 40 years; she gave me her delicious Celebration Christmas Wreath to her Grandma’s (Oma’s) special recipe.

Almond paste filling:

  • 125g ground almonds
  • 125g sugar
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • Water to mix

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until it forms a paste. Cover and leave for an hour.

  • I packet readymade Puff pastry
  • Apricot jam
  • Glazed cherries (mixed colours)
  • Strips of orange peel

Roll out the pastry thinly, about ½ cm thick, into an oblong shape of about 35-40 cm long and 12-15 cm wide.

Roll the almond paste into a long sausage shape and place it on the pastry.

Wrap the pastry around the mixture and shape it into a circle. Slightly wet the sides and ends and push one end into the other to stick it together.

Place the wreath on a baking tray. Brush with beaten egg.

To finish off the decoration, cut out some holly shapes, stars or bells and lay them on the top of the wreath.

Place in a hot oven, about 220C, 425F, Mark 7 for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

When cool, warm 4-5 tbsps of apricot jam in a pan until it’s runny. Spread the jam over the baked wreath. For a final decoration, use glazed cherries and orange peel strips as you wish.

Prettige Kertdagen!

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