The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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?!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

The Fritter Shop’s Favourite Dutch Desserts

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!

Fritter Shop Flamingles at The Modern Mom Show – Palm Springs Edition!

Fritter Shop Flamingles at The Modern Mom Show – Palm Springs Edition!

What do flamingos, fantastic vendors and fritters have in common?

They were spotted at The Modern Mom Show!

The Modern Mom Show is a one-of-a-kind, modern and stylish event! With ultra-trendy baby clothing, essentials for mom, on-trend home décor and treats to satisfy all your cravings, this show is, in a word, REMARKABLE!

If you have attended The Modern Mom Show or The Modern Christmas Market in the past, then you knew this show was going to be the absolute best – Instagram-worthy, on-trend décor, talented vendors, and the BEST customers! With the new location, Western Fair Agriplex, this show was even bigger and better than the last few (if that is even possible because they were phenomenal too!).

Check out the vendor list here!

The Modern Mom Show – Minimalist Palm Springs Edition was SO perfect. Here are a few of our favourite highlights from the show.  

When you first walked into the Agriplex, you felt like you had been transported to a Palm Springs market! With tons of green plants, gold-framed lounge areas strung with white linen curtains, giant letter boards and pops of bright colour, the visual when you first entered was a show stopper!

Friday Night Overview

The Friday night was the Twilight, stroller free market from 6pm-10pm. The anticipation was high and the line up at the front door of the Agriplex was huge! Our booth was crazy busy, after all, it was Fritter Friday! Plus, we were beside the coffee… enough said! The perfect way to enjoy a twilight stroll – fritters and coffee in hand! We sold our last half dozen fritters on the Friday five minutes before 10:00 pm!

Saturday Overview

TMMS started on Saturday at 10:00 am! Since the day was a bit longer, we were able to walk around and see all the incredible vendors. This is our second show and it still amazes us how many talented entrepreneurs we have locally! Also, our newest fritter flavour, the s’mores, was a huge hit on the Saturday and sold out before lunch. We loved seeing photos and videos of your little’s enjoying their fritters!

Want to give our s’mores fritter a try? Order some for pick up online!

We have to say – our customers are the best, saying “Thank you” is never enough! We are so grateful for all the support. This really is an amazing community and we could not have done The Modern Mom Show without all of YOU. Thank you to each and every person who came to our booth for a fritter or two… or three boxes?

A huge thank you to those who worked tirelessly to make this event come to life. The Modern Mom Show team – you outdid yourself with this show and we are so excited to hear the next show date announcement!

Are you a mom, dad, super hip grandma or grandpa? You must check out the Modern Mom Show Vendor list. It is an incredible overview of local businesses who have adorable baby, mom and family essentials!

Did you attend? Are you as excited as we are for the next show?!

We will see you at the Christmas show, November 24 – 25! Will you be there?

 

The Fritter Shop’s Guide To Our Summer Events

The Fritter Shop’s Guide To Our Summer Events

London is a beautiful city, packed with hidden gems. In the summer, the forest city really lives up to its name. The forest city of Summer markets! We’re here to provide you with some great markets and events that you can purchase fritters at!

May 11: Masonville Market Opens
Come Say hello! We are open for 2018 Season!!
Photo credit: Masonville Market Facebook

When the Masonville Farmers Market opens, you know summer is on the horizon. Give the grocery store a skip and pick up some local, fresh produce in the sunshine. Find a variety of local vendors outside of Masonville Mall, every Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. (Also, we’re there. So pick up some fritters.)

May 12th: Horton Farmers’ Market
Officially open in St. Thomas!

Horton’s Farmers Market is new to us this year and is located in St. Thomas! It’s a gathering place to buy fresh, local produce, socialize and experience community, it has been a part of the St. Thomas community and local culture since 1878 (WOW!). If you’re in the area or driving through on a Saturday, come on by and say “hello!”

June 8th and 9th: The Modern Mom Show

Photo credit: The Modern Mom Show

Calling all moms and dads! The Modern Mom Show is here to provide a luxe, one-of-a-kind shopping experience for all parents. Find unique gifts, gadgets, treats, and eats at this awesome show. (Plus, we’ll be there. Selling fritters. So now you have to come).

June 19th: Western University Farmers Market

Pick up some fresh produce and locally sourced treats at the Western University Farmer’s Market. Pros: it’s easy to get to via public transport, the campus is beautiful in the summer, and we’ll be there selling you some delicious fritters.

Follow our fritter story around this Summer and keep up to date on our social media accounts!

Which market do you enjoy?

 

Five Fritter Recipes You Need In Your Life!

Five Fritter Recipes You Need In Your Life!

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?? 

Fritter vs. Donut

Fritter vs. Donut

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.

The Fritter vs. Donut - The Fritter Shop

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!

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