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Recipe: Kingsday Tompouce

In the Netherlands, we celebrate King’s Day on the 27th of April. On that day there are lots of second-hand markets and festivals to visit. We usually celebrate this day with music, beer, and tompouce. Tompouce is a typical Dutch snack that consists of custard cream between puff pastry with a glaze topping. This topping is usually pink, but with kings day the topping is orange. Since the royal family are called ‘van Oranje’ literally translated ‘from Orange’, as in the color, not the fruit. In this article, we will share our Kingsday tompouce recipe.

🍽 4 pastries
⏲1,5 hour

180 grams of puff pastry
600 grams of Creme Patisserie or Pastry cream (you can make it using our recipe or buy it in a supermarket).
118 grams of Royal Icing (see this recipe to make it yourself with sugar and egg white, you can also buy this pre-made)
75 ml of cream

How to make it?

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Defrost the puff pastry if you use the ones from the freezer. Start with poking small holes in the puff pastry with for example a fork, don’t poke it all the way through though. Bake the puff pastry for approximately 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, you can make pastry cream, icing, and whipped cream. For the pastry cream and icing, we linked recipes in the ingredient list. For the whipped cream: add the cream to a bowl and add 7,5 grams of sugar and start mixing to make whipped cream.

When the puff pastry is cooled down you can start building your pastries. First you cut the puff past in 8 even slices. Officially the size would be 4 by 10 cm for each slice but you’re free to form them as you wish. If you want to store the tompouce longer than a day we recommend adding a small layer of caramel on top of the puff pastry. This is to avoid the fluids from the pastry cream being absorbed by the puff pastry. If you’re going to eat the pastry the same day or the next day this won’t be necessary. Add the pastry cream on top of the puff pastry, but keep a small opening in the middle to add some whipped cream (see the picture above). If you’re going make a big batch of toumpouce, you can form the pastry cream in a long line, for example in a silicon cake tin. Like that you can cut them in straight slices and place them on the puff pastry.

Add the second layer of puff pastry and add the icing. If you like you can also add some whipped cream on top. There you have a Kingsday tompouce, enjoy!

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