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Tompoes is the Dutch equivalent of Tompouce. The pastry is common in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is the local variety of the mille-feuille or Napoleon.

In the Netherlands, the tompoes is iconic, and the market allows preciously little variation in form, size and colour. It must be rectangular, with two layers of puff pastry. The icing is smooth and pink, or occasionally white. For many years however, the top layer has been orange on Koninginnedag (Queen's Day), and a few days before. It may also be orange-coloured when the national football team plays in large international tournaments; this dates from about 1990. The filling is invariably very sweet, yellow pastry cream. Tompouce are sometimes topped with whipped cream.

The cakes are usually served with tea or coffee, and in formal settings are eaten with pastry forks. Variations with different fillings or with jelly are comparatively rare and are not called tompoes.

In the Netherlands the market is dominated by the tompouces sold by the HEMA chain, that also function as the de-facto standard. Several variations exist in Belgium. The boekske (lit. 'booklet') may have a sugar finish and may be square. Belgians also prefer the spelling tompouce.


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References

Tompouce , en.wikipedia.org

Custard Slice of Heaven (Tompoes), dutchfood.about.com

The Ultimate Dutch Celebration Snack — Tompoes, dutchfood.about.com