While many have put their travel plans on hold, it doesn’t mean that one can’t experience the magic of the Netherlands through food. Dessert is a popular course in the Netherlands and in a bid to bring the Netherlands into your own home, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines shares some mouth-watering recipes you should try to make from the safety of your own home.
Another popular sugary snack from the Netherlands is a thin syrupy waffle called the stroopwafel. The confection is essentially a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough perfectly layered on top of each other separated by a sweet caramel filling. Today, stroopwafels are sold at markets, by street vendors and in supermarkets around the Netherlands and are a popular sweet treat with both tourists and locals.
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 ⅛ cups butter, melted
¾ cup white sugar
2 sachets of active dry yeast
¼ cup warm milk
1 ½ cups molasses
1 ⅓ cups packed brown sugar
⅓ cup butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, melted butter, sugar, yeast, milk and egg. When the dough becomes too stiff to stir, turn out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for a few minutes. Set aside to rise for 45 minutes.
2. To make the filling, heat the molasses, brown sugar, remaining butter and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to blend, and set aside.
3. Preheat a pizzelle iron. Knead the dough briefly, and divide the dough into 1cm balls, or a size compatible with your pizzelle iron pattern. Press the balls in the preheated iron, and cook until the iron stops releasing steam, or until the waffles are golden brown.
4. Carefully remove with a knife or spatula, and split in half horizontally (like pocket bread) while they are still warm. Don’t wait too long, otherwise they will break. Spread filling on the insides, and put the halves back together.
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