Your school bag is packed, your brand-new outfit is picked out, and your lunch box is in the fridge – you’re ready for your first day back at school…
We’re nostalgic at The Fritter Shop about back to school. Whether you’re in elementary, high school, college, university or even parents sending your kids off to school, this time of year is always highly anticipated.
We always get excited and feel the buzz of back to school excitement. This is especially true since we’re on campus at Western University for their weekly market on Tuesdays and get to see all the excited faces on campus!
The nostalgia sets in as we bake our fritters in the morning and are reminded of school activities, field trips, and dare we say it recess fun!
The classic Apple fritter reminds us of school field trips on the bus to the apple orchard to pick fresh apples. The best part was eating all the fresh apples right off the tree. Plus, this is where we found our favourite apple, the Ida Red, which we use in our fritters today from a local orchard in Blenheim, Ontario!
Our Nutella and Brownie fritters remind us of sharing snacks with friends during lunch time. Can you recall the endless trades that took place with our favourite snacks (or ones mom/dad didn’t pack in our lunch boxes)? Once lunch was over, we were back in our classrooms, meeting new teachers, making new friends and if we were lucky, we left on the first day without homework!
Raise your hand if you could be found in the library with a box of brownie fritters? No judgement!
After school, snacks were the BEST! School sure does make you work up a real appetite. Our Blueberry, Peach and Raspberry fritters remind us of a platter of fresh fruit after a tiring day at school.
It may even remind us of the mix we had in our drinks when we hit Barney’s after class!
After dinner, we would all sit around the table as a family, share desserts and chat about our first day back to school. Can you guess what dessert we had?! If you guessed fritters, you were right! It was the best way to end the first day back to school, with fritters, friends, and family.
What did you or do you love most about back to school?
Although fritters are the best Dutch dessert, they certainly aren’t the only delightful option!
Dubbed the world’s pastry power, the Dutch have many delicious recipes that have been passed down for generations. These recipes have truly stood the test of time and are still enjoyed today! Trust us when we say, it is hard to have just one.
Here are five of our favourite Dutch desserts.
Stroopwafels – Dutch Caramel Waffle Cookies
Stroopwafels literally translates to syrup waffle. Best served hot, this sweet snack is made from two thin waffle cookies and a sticky syrup filling in the middle. First made in the town of Gouda in the Netherlands in the 18th century from baker’s leftovers, such as breadcrumbs, spices and syrup, this sweet snack is renowned around the globe! Stroopwafels are best eaten with coffee or tea. Next time you have a stroopwafel, try placing the round disc on top of your mug and let the steam soften and warm the stroopwafel!
If you are visiting Amsterdam you can find freshly made stroopwafels at Amsterdam street markets like Albert Cuypmarkt and Noordermarkt.
Local tip – if you buy a hot stroopwafel, don’t hold it vertically while eating it, as the warm syrup will slide out of the waffle!
Speculaas – Dutch Spiced Cookies
There is a big chance that you have already tried speculaas, as the well known ‘windmill cookie’, but did you know it came from the Netherlands?
Speculaas is made with a mixture of spices including, cinnamon, mace, cloves, ginger, pepper, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg and anise. Traditionally, a certain amount of this prepared spice is added to the dough mixture. The dough is then pressed into moulds and voila, you have the subtle, but deliciously spiced windmill cookie!
Poffertjes – Small, Fluffy Pancakes
Similar to the North American style pancake in consistency and taste, a poffertjes is a tiny pancake made using yeast and buckwheat flour. The poffertjes are prepared using a pan with shallow indentations to hold batter and make perfectly puffed small pancakes. Traditionally, they are served with powdered sugar and butter, however, sometimes they are eaten with other toppings including, stroop (syrup), slagroom (whipped cream) or aardbeien (strawberries). These can be found all over Amsterdam and the Netherlands at markets and street corners. Access to delicious desserts all the time…dangerous, right?!
Drop – Salty Liquorice.
Unlike North American licorice, which is red and sweet, dutch dropjes are black and salty
You may be wondering, how are you even considering this a dessert..salty black licorice?! While in fact, the Netherlands has the highest licorice consumption per capita in the world and drop is enjoyed by many for dessert! Plus, drop comes in all flavours and sizes!
Tompoes or Mille-Feuille Pastry
Similar to a Napoleon in the USA, a Tompoe is a delicious pastry with two layers of puff pastry, filled with sweet yellow vanilla pastry cream and has a very smooth and very sweet layer of icing on top. Typically, the icing is pink, however on days like the King’s birthday, the icing will be found to be bright orange! This Dutch pastry is usually served with coffee or tea in the morning, late afternoon or at birthdays.
If you have ever eaten a mille-feuille, you know it is quite complicated to stay clean and classy while eating them. Tompoes are the exact same! They are usually served on a small plate with a small fork, but the brittle pastry makes it near impossible to eat a piece in a dignified way! Crumbs everywhere!
What is your favourite Dutch dessert?
Is it stroopwafel or tompoes? Speculaas or poffertjes?
Oh, wait…we know what your favourite dessert is…it’s FRITTERS!
When you’re in the mood for a home-baked item, something sweet and/or savoury, people often turn to brownies, cupcakes, or cookies to indulge in. For those looking to expand their baking repertoire, fritters are an amazing way to curb those cravings!
Here are five recipes our expert fritter team recommends, to continue your fritter journey (after you stop at the Fritter Shop, of course!)
Italian Frappe Sweet Fritters
An Italian in My Kitchen really brings a taste of Italia to these sweet treats. Fried dough strips are topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with gooey chocolate. It’s simple, yet classic. Yes, you’re definitely more cultured after making these! Check out the recipe here.
Fritters with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Jamie Oliver’s recipe pairs hot, delicious fritters with a soft, rich dulce de leche ice cream. So decadent, so sweet, and all from your home! Get the recipe here.
Sweet Zucchini Fritters With Vanilla Ice Cream and Apricots
The beauty of fritters is you can add your own twists! These sweet zucchini fritters are a unique take on a traditionally savoury dish. Paired with a sweet vanilla ice cream and juicy apricots, this dish will be sure to impress your friends. Get the recipe here.
Jamaican Banana Fritters
Enjoy a taste of paradise with these traditional Jamaican banana fritters! Deep frying these bad boys makes them delightfully battery, light, and crunchy. Get the recipe here.
Cheesy Chicken Fritters
We had to include other great fritters! The beauty of fritters is their flexibility! For the family member who insists on a savoury dish, you can delight with these cheesy chicken fritters from Natasha’s Kitchen. Paired with a garlic aioli, it will make even the saltiest of people into fritter fans. Get the recipe here.
Remember Fritter Fam: if you want a box of classic sweet fritters, head on over to The Fritter Shop in St Thomas or at The Market at Western Fair every Saturday 8 am – 3 pm! See you there!
You can also place an order online for pick up right on our site!!
We look forward to seeing you!
How do you prefer your fritters??
Picture this: you’re standing in line at your favourite coffee shop. The sugar craving has hit you like a big truck. You’re itching for a delicious baked good, with fruity flavours. You finally reach the front of the line, but you’re stuck.
Should you get a fritter or a donut?
What seems like a very simple decision (fritter, obvs) is actually complex. They’re both delicious baked goods and the perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of coffee on a cold Canadian morning. They’re both so, so easy to grab a box of and bring to your coworkers (you’ll be the most popular person in the office!)
But there are some facts which differentiate our favourite baked goods. We’re here to help you make an informed decision. You should totally pick a fritter over a donut, but that’s simply our biased opinion.
Over 10 million donuts are made in the US each year. You don’t want to be one of the crowd. Pick a fritter!
Fritters are versatile. Have you heard of a donut that you can make out of zucchinis? Me neither. Fritters are like chameleons. Pick a fritter.
Donuts are just round. Or square. But always boring. Have you seen donuts that come in beautiful heart shapes? You should totally pick a fritter.
Did you know there are different versions of fritters in different cultures? While in Canada we love our classic sweet fritters, lots of cultures around the world don’t have quite the same sweet tooth. For example, Indian pakoras and Japanese tempura dishes are all forms of fritters! Sweet, right? Pick a fritter!
You can have fritters for all of your meals! The variety of sweet and savoury fritters means you can have one of our sweet fritters for breakfast, corn fritters for lunch, and tempura for dinner! I know I’m sold. Pick a fritter.
The sheer variety and exciting nature of fritters means it’s absolutely the right choice to have with your morning coffee. Stop by our store in St. Thomas or visit us at the Western Fair Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, 8 am – 3 pm for your fritter fix!
Are you craving fritters right now?
Did you know you can purchase fritters for pick-up right here on our website?
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Flashback to The 2017 Modern Christmas Market
Hosted by: The Modern Mom Show
Update: We will be attending The Modern Mom Show in June 2018! Get your tickets now!
In 2017, there were a 1000 and 1-holiday markets in London! Night markets, day markets, pop-up markets, last minute markets, Western Fair Farmers Market… markets, markets, markets. We wish we could have gone to ALL of them, but there are only so many hands to make fritters with. We, unfortunately, could not simply call up Christmas elves… although we may have to look into this for this year.
A market we did attend, was The Modern Christmas Market hosted by The Modern Mom Show! Boy, there were a lot of moms… and we can’t forget the dads! We have to say, all you moms and dads looked amazing. With a little one running around (or two, or three) we were so impressed by your style and ease at the show.
We also have to tip our baker hats off to the overall atmosphere and branding of the show. This will certainly NOT be forgotten! No matter where you looked, every single piece was on brand.
All our customers were AMAZING! This is one of the main reasons we love to attend events in London because YOU’RE the best customers ever!
Who would have thought little ones would enjoy our fritters so much?? (this is us trying to be humble… )
We can’t help but mention one of our favourite features around our booth was the sitting area directly to the left of us! Wow! Talk about perfect styling! Even with the pinks and the creams it still screamed Christmas!
Friday Night Overview
The Doubletree by Hilton was bumping! We know the other booths felt it too! We got slammed on Friday! Everyone wanted a snack and some of the amazing apple cider beside us!
Saturday was the longer of the two days, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This gave us plenty of time to check out all the amazing vendors and their products.
We have to give a VERY special Thank you to Lunah Life who got us out of a jam on Saturday, by lending us a square.
Needless to say, we will happily attend again next year!
Are you a mom or dad? You have to check out The Modern Christmas Market Vendors list. It’s a great overview of Canadian businesses who have adorable children’s attire! Also, there may be a few vendors on the list for mom and dad!
Did you attend? Will we see you for the next Modern Mom Show?
Support one another, a lesson we learn from a young age. As we get older, build families and careers, this does not change.
At The Fritter Shop, our family is our local community, our customers and our partners (and everyone else in between). We want the community around us to thrive! This is why we 110% support local partnerships and local entrepreneurs!
Chatting with our customers and neighbours at markets or seasonal fairs is our top priority (alongside creating delicious fritters). We know the importance of creating a great product and providing amazing customer service, but we also know that many of our customers have their own passions, businesses and/or side hustles.
With all this in mind, we want to do good, while doing well! We want to support you and support our local economy, all while creating the tastiest fritter.
What does LOCAL mean to you? We LOVE our #FritterFam and the family we have become!
The most amazing feeling is looking at our Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts and receiving messages asking to collaborate and work together – and of course, chatting with our customers!
Our local community has been unFREAKIN believable – and not just on social media!
Being apart of the community is more than simply offering you a delicious fritter, it is about supporting each other!
We thrive on creating a community. If you’re a local entrepreneur, we have one piece of advice for you:
Connect with your local community! Get out there, attend local events (there are SO MANY in London) and chat with entrepreneurs who are on the same journey.
Hey! Chat with us!
10 reasons why you should support your local community
- Local character: Many unique shops, businesses, and spaces in our community!
- Community well being
- Local decision making: Important decisions will be made by those who live locally!
- KEEP DOLLARS IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY: enough said…
- Jobs and wages
- Public benefits and costs
- Environmental sustainability
- Product diversity
- Competition: We’re all about healthy competition!
A fantastic local entrepreneur has created a directory of local shops in the area (including Farmers Markets!)
Check out Me & C’s directory: Shop 519
Partnership opens new pathways for both parties! Our goal is to increase the well-being of our local community and offer new opportunities, all while providing delicious fritters!
What does LOCAL mean to you?