Dutch Letters

Dutch letters, unique in America to the Dutch-ancestored town of Pella, Iowa, are crisp, flaky, giant-size puff pastries in the shape of the letter S. They are eaten at room temperature or slightly warmed and some are filled with almond paste. Why S became the bakers’ favorite letter remains a mystery.

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Java Joe’s Coffeehouse - Dutch Letters
Java Joe’s Coffeehouse

DES MOINES, IA

Crisp, flaky, sweet puff pastry the size of a plate, forms the letter "S"
Jaarsma Bakery

PELLA, IA

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