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Want to introduce your kids to some typical Dutch treats? The Dutch children’s favourites listed below are guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of little eaters!
Pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes)
Children from almost every corner of the globe are familiar with, and love, pancakes. However, if you want to treat your kids to something truly special, then you’ll need to learn how to make perfect Dutch pancakes! Typically thin and extra large, Dutch pancakes can be rustled up in next to no time using a handy ready made pancake mix, with or without the addition of traditional ingredients, such as apple, bacon or raisins. Don’t forget to serve your freshly baked pancakes in true Dutch style, with lashings of pouring syrup and a liberal dusting of icing sugar.
Stroopwafels (Dutch syrup waffles)
Stroopwafels are indulgent Dutch biscuits made from two thin waffles sandwiched together using a generous quantity of rich caramel syrup, and typically served with a cup of tea or coffee. A sure fire hit with the kids, they’re also delicious with a glass of juice and make an ideal snack between meals. These days you can also purchase mini stroopwafels – perfect for tiny hands!
Appeltaart (Dutch apple pie)
In the Netherlands, apple pie is often reserved for special occasions, such as children’s birthday parties. Dutch apple pie is best enjoyed freshly baked (and thus still warm from the oven) and topped with whipped cream. You can prepare Dutch apple pie quickly and easily at home – if you’re less confident in the kitchen, start by using a convenient ready-made mix for Dutch apple pie, available from most online Dutch supermarkets.
Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes)
Although poffertjes are often referred to as ‘mini-pancakes’, this typical Dutch delicacy is actually somewhat sweeter and more light and fluffy than traditional Dutch pancakes. To prepare Dutch poffertjes at home try this simple poffertjes recipe or, alternatively make use of a ready-made poffertjes mix. In the Netherlands, freshly baked poffertjes are served with a knob of butter and icing sugar.
Patat met mayonaise (chips with mayo)
Few children turn their nose up at chips and Dutch children are no exception! In the Netherlands, chips come with a small mountain of mayonnaise or special sauce for French fries. To transform your patat into a filling Dutch children’s meal then serve with a kroket (a deep-fried croquette crammed with tasty meat ragout) or frikandel (Dutch sausage) and watch the kids come running!
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