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Is your child a particularly fussy eater or incredibly difficult to entice to the dining table? Fortunately this common problem is far easier to solve than you might think. These typical Dutch dishes are not only fun and easy to prepare, they’re also a guaranteed hit with the kids.
Each of the three recipes below serves 4 hungry people.
1. Dutch pancakes with apple, icing sugar and syrup
Take a pack of Koopmans pancake mix and prepare the pancake batter according to the instructions on the packaging. Then peel 4 apples (e.g. Jonagold or ordinary cooking apples), remove the cores and cut into thin rings. Place a little butter into a frying pan and allow it to gently heat, taking care that it doesn’t burn. Next ladle some of the batter into the frying pan and arrange a few of the apple rings on top. Fry the pancake until the batter has solidified on the surface and then flip the pancake over. Fry the pancake for a further few minutes, or until golden brown, and then toss onto a pre-warmed plate and continue until all of the remaining batter and apple rings are used up. Finally, serve the pancakes warm with icing sugar and lashings of Dutch syrup. In the Netherlands, pancakes are not generally eaten for breakfast, but rather for lunch or dinner – and Dutch pancakes are an absolute must at children’s birthday parties!
2. Chicken with French fries and apple sauce
Another favourite at Dutch birthday parties (and indeed any other occasion) is French fries, which are traditionally served with chicken and apple sauce in Holland. For this dish take around 1 kilo of chicken drumsticks or chicken legs and season (using Maggi Steam Roast Chicken Paprika for example) before roasting in the oven. In the meantime, prepare the French fries either in an oven or deep fat fryer. Finally, serve the chicken together with the fries and a generous dollop of both Dutch apple sauce and mayonnaise. Alternatively you can serve your chicken with a freshly prepared, healthy Dutch salad.
3. Poffertjes (mini pancakes)
For this tempting recipe it’s best to use a special Dutch poffertjespan. Most children find it fun to make the pancakes themselves, but always make sure that an adult is on hand to prevent any accidents. First, take a pack Koopmans poffertjes mix and prepare the pancake batter according to the instructions on the packaging. Grease the poffertjespan thoroughly with butter and fill each hole about ¾ full with batter. Fry the pancakes on a high heat until golden brown and then turn them with a fork. Fry the other side until golden brown and empty onto a plate. Serve the poffertjes warm, with a liberal dusting of icing sugar and a large knob of butter.
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