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!
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?
What is a fritter you ask?
It’s what we make… and no it’s not a donut without the hole… Although we still love donuts!
But let’s get serious here… The question “What is a fritter?” has been asked many times and we LOVE this question. It’s an opportunity to tell our story and introduce our traditional Dutch fritters (with a twist) to YOU!
You may be curious about the twist… But keep reading and discover how we paired innovation with tradition to bring you our fritters at The Fritter Shop!
The Fritter Shop’s origin story began with traditional Dutch apple fritters, a pastry with apple filling, dusted with sugar powder and cinnamon.
There are two basic types of fritters: those made from dough (like ours!) and those that are taking something (such as a slice of apple) and dipping it in the batter – although this is not how we make our fritters, it is still a tasty treat!
Which came first? The dough or the batter? It’s hard to determine, but we have had success with our secret dough recipe.
Dough or batter?
We use to only make the traditional apple fritters (the most well-known flavour), but we knew we could do more! With our choice of dough over batter, we have the ability to experiment with other ingredients! Thus our flavour story was born. We now have many innovative flavours, which is why we always get asked: “What is a fritter?”. Not many people have experienced the delicious flavours such as cherry, blueberry, lemon or brownie in the form of a fritter.
Well, we are here to introduce them to you!
With new flavour ideas, we wanted to spice up the shape a little bit! Why not create a shape for each flavour. Who can say no to a heart-shaped lemon fritter? YUM!
If apple is not the ideal flavour for you, you can now choose from so many options (Trust us! Options are not a bad thing!).
Not sure which flavour to order the next time you stop by? Give an assortment a try. We promise we won’t judge if you take a bite out of each!
Learn more about The Fritter Shop in our first blog post!
If you could have ANY flavour fritter what would it be?
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?
Welcome to The Fritter Shop.
We’re so excited to have you here!
Did you stumble upon our first blog post because you’ve tried our product and fell madly in LOVE with it or because you’re interested in learning more about The Fritter Shop, our beginnings, and future plans? It’s ok if it’s both and no one will judge if you’re secretly addicted to our fritters…
Either way, we’re ecstatic to have you here to enjoy The Fritter Shop story.
Before we jump into The Fritter Shop’s story…
Who is Kelvin?
– A graduate of the business program at Fanshawe College
– A fritter guru with big dreams
– Charismatic conversationalist with a love for making connections and meeting new people (don’t ever be afraid to say hello!) and of course,
– The CEO and founder of The Fritter Shop!
The Beginning… Continued
As a recent graduate from Fanshawe College with big dreams, Kelvin opened The Fritter Shop and it took off in full force! Turning a successful St. Thomas mom and pop Dutch Bakery into an innovative business with sought-after desserts.
“Have you ever thought of taking over the bakery one day?”
The Dutch Bakery’s apple fritters were a success, but Kelvin saw an opportunity to expand! He imagined doing things a little differently. A little more fritter-ish, with local suppliers.
With the family’s secret dough recipe in his back pocket, he began to experiment in the bakery. Not Frankenstein experiment, but Einstein experiment.
And experiment he did… not only with apples, but with lemons, berries and to switch things up, brownies (we may be biased, but the brownie fritters are to die for!)
“I take pride in The Fritter Shop and trying to be innovative”
– Kelvin Van Rijn
With local partners, family support and welcomed feedback, Kelvin successfully expanded the fritter flavours to 13 (and still growing!). You can’t forget the seasonal pumpkin spice fritter.
The Middle (fruit-filled middle!)
With new branding, new flavours and new opportunities, The Fritter Shop began to expand and so did its customers.
Don’t fret, we’re not perfect… there were certainly bumps along the road. As an entrepreneur, you have to take risks. The best opportunities are the ones outside your comfort zone! The important take away is to be proactive, not reactive.
“Don’t be afraid to take the risk and go for it, but do your research”
– Kelvin Van Rijn
As Kelvin took risks, welcomed failures and learned from them he created a product and a brand that people love.
Everyone wanted fritters, at parties, business events, in the office (your coworkers will love you forever!) or on a Saturday stroll through the Western Fair Farmers Market.
They’re great for every occasion and delicious for all ages. A fritter a day keeps the doctor away… or is that only apples?
What’s next for The Fritter Shop?
There are a ton of great plans for The Fritter Shop in 2018 and the team can’t wait to share them with you in person, on social media and now on our blog!
We love our #fritterfam (don’t forget to tag us!)
Join the #fritterfam by posting and sharing your fritter love on social media! @frittershop
We have tons of ideas for upcoming blog posts, but what would you like to read from The Fritter Shop team?