I mentioned Pella, Iowa before when writing about the bologna on a stick. Dutch Letters are another food that Pella is known for. Dutch Letters (almost always an “S”) are puffy pastry filled with almond paste, skewered and baked. The fair food-variety reminds me of a churro without cinnamon.
John bought a Dutch Letter for $3.50 from Palazzo’s Java House at the Iowa State Fair. The gal working there didn’t know the history of Dutch Letters, so I did a little digging. Here’s some history, specifically explaining the Dutch Letters-Iowa connection. The first bakery to serve them in Pella opened in 1899.
I would love to try making a batch of gluten-free Dutch letters at home. This is one treat that I really wished I could try!