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Kersenvlaai (cherry pie)

Although vlaai is a traditional product from Limburg, the deliciously sweet pie that’s crammed with a variety of different fruits, such as cherries, plums, apples and gooseberries, is every bit as popular ‘boven de rivieren’ (north of the rivers). To discover why vlaai is such an enduringly popular Dutch treat, why not rustle up this tempting cherry version below?

Ingredients

300 grams of flour
1 packet of Dr. Oetker yeast
25 grams of butter
150 ml of milk
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 eggs
Breadcrumbs
A pinch of salt
700 grams of cherries from a jar (unsweetened)
100 grams of white sugar
4 teaspoons of potato starch

Dutch fruit pie recipe

Preparation

First sift the flour and place into a mixing bowl, along with the salt and yeast. Next mix in the milk, butter, brown sugar and the yolk of one egg, and knead thoroughly into a smooth dough. Now cover the mixing bowl with a damp tea towel and leave the dough to rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the cherry filling by draining the cherries and collecting the juice in a saucepan. Stir in the potato starch and 60 grams of white sugar, and gently simmer on a low heat. Next add in the cherries, turn off the heat and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Now heat your oven to 200 C. Once it has sufficiently risen, knead the dough thoroughly once more and then roll out 2/3 of it using a rolling pin. Place this onto the base of a cake tin (pre-lined with butter) and top with a layer of breadcrumbs. Now pour over the cherry filling, cut the remaining dough into strips, and arrange in a traditional lattice pattern on top of the vlaai. Finally brush the dough with a little beaten egg, sprinkle over the remaining white sugar and bake in the centre of your oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool before removing from the cake tin and serving a generous slice with a cup of tea or coffee. Yum!

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants.

One comment on “Kersenvlaai (cherry pie)

  1. Pingback: Knapkoek (Dutch biscuit) | Dutch Community

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