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!