Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day is celebrated on April 30 in Netherlands. This auspicious day is asterisked as the Queen’s Birthday, and hence commemorated as annual public holiday. This day is accompanied by traditional Dutch dance, songs, art and crafts. This tradition was commenced long time back in order to please Queen Beatrix. People dress up in Orange color as it symbolizes vivacity and aristocracy Taking the Orange theme forward, Orange foods are generally most relished on the occasion.
Main dishes savored on the Queen’s Day are Orange and Fennel Salad, Orange soup and Oranje tompoes. The day is loaded with creamy desserts. So here we have a fantabulous Tompoes or the Custard Slice of Heaven with a esthesis of orange to keep up the spirit of the festival.
For Pastry –
Ready rolled puff pastry,
1 whisked egg
For Custard –
1 cup milk,
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,
A pinch of salt,
2 egg yolks, 1 1/2 Ounce sugar,
The grated zest of an orange,
2 tbsp corn flour,
For Glaze –
3 1/2 Ounce powdered sugar,
1 egg white,
1/2 tsp orange juice,
Pinch grated zest of an orange.
1. Heat the oven to 225 D C. Grease a baking dish with butter. Take the puff pastry and slice it into eight equal rectangular pieces. Place them on baking dish or sheet. Now brush the top of the pastry with egg. Put the pastry in the oven and bake it for twelve minutes or till the pastry is crisp golden brown.
2. As soon as the pastry is baked, detach the top and the bottom layer with the help of a sharp knife. Allow the pastry to cool at room temperature, keeping the top and the bottom layer seperate. Meanwhile, we can prepare the custard.
3. Take a pan and heat milk, vanilla extract and salt. Low heat is advisable. In a bowl, blend egg yolks, orange zest and sugar till frothy. In a separate bowl, mix corn flour and whip well. Add this to the egg mixture.
4. Put some warm milk to make the paste smooth. Now add this entire mixture to the pan. On the low heat keep stirring this mixture until it is completely heated, thick and of desired consistency.
5. Cover the top of the custard such that cream does not form on the surface. Allow the custard to cool in the refrigerator.
6. For the glaze, beat egg white, orange juice, powdered sugar and zest for at least five minutes, until frothy. Glaze the top most portion of the pastry, once it is cool. Take the bottom of the pastry crust that had been separated, add a layer of custard to it.
7. Add the middle portion of the pastry and spread custard layer evenly on it. Finally add the top of the pastry containing glaze. Press the pastry slightly.
8. Enjoy the Queen’s Day with the heavenly dessert!!