If France has baguettes, Mexico is known for its tortillas, and India for its paratha bread, the Netherlands doesn’t want to be outdone either. The land of the windmills also has delicious and varied bread.
There’s rye bread, chocolate-covered milk, puff pastry stuffed with almonds, and more. The Netherlands has a distinctive apple pie and donut that is different from other countries, you know. Let’s take a look at ten typical Dutch pieces of bread below. Get ready to drool.
- Groninger koek
Groninger koek is a typical Dutch bread made from rye. Various spices enrich the taste of this bread, such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Bread that is often consumed at breakfast is baked in a rectangular shape. To eat it, Groninger koek can be sliced into small pieces and greased with butter.
- Dutch apple pie
The uniqueness of the Dutch apple pie that sets it apart from other apple pies is the distinctive streusel crumb on the top. This sweet and crunchy crumb is only found in Dutch apple pie, you know.
Apart from apples, Dutch apple pie is also enriched with lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. The softness of the filling combined with the crunchy crust and crumbs is guaranteed to make you addicted.
Having a heavy and dense texture, kretenwegge is closely related to the celebration of holidays in the Netherlands. One of them is the celebration of the birth of a child in the Twente area which is equipped with a 1.5-meter kretenwegge.
This raisin-filled bun has an aromatic almond paste filling. Kretenwegge is usually eaten with a cup of tea or coffee.
- Bossche Bollen
Bossche bollen is a large profiterole aka eclairs. These tennis ball-sized cookies have a sweet whipped cream filling.
The top of the Bossche bollen is covered with a glossy chocolate glaze. This typical Dutch bread is also suitable to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
- Hoornse bro
As the name implies, hoornse broeder is bread from Hoorn, a city in North Holland. This heavy and dense bread is baked with brown sugar syrup. Uniquely, the syrup is often mixed with slices of smoked meat, you know.
Like other typical Dutch bread, hoornse broeder is also equipped with raisins. Because raisins give this bread a delicious sweet and sour taste.
The crunchiness of the puff pastry on the outside blends with the soft almond paste filling inside. Banketstaaf is often served during Christmas and Easter celebrations in the Land of the Windmills.
To make it even more delicious, these rolls can be smeared with apricot jam. Also, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and enjoy with a cup of warm coffee.
Poffert is a typical Dutch bread that is often consumed alone, without a cup of coffee, or as a dessert. Heavy and dense in texture, this bread is filled with raisins, apricots, and ginger.
In the process of making it, the poffert is not mixed with sugar, you know. You can eat it with butter or sweet syrup.
Appleflappen is also known as apple beignets. Appelflappen is often served during New Year’s celebrations in the Netherlands. This apple and cinnamon bun has crunchy golden-yellow skin. The top is usually sprinkled with powdered sugar.
This is a typical Dutch bread that is often found in Indonesia. Ontbijtkoek is a rye cake that is rich in spices such as cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Often consumed at breakfast, this bread can be eaten with butter or jam. Ontbijtkoek has a sprinkling of almonds on top which gives it a crunchy sensation.
Oliebollen is a typical donut of the Land of the Windmills. Without a hole in the middle, oliebollen have a solid round shape. This bread is a mandatory dish during New Year’s celebrations in the Netherlands.
The donut dough which is fried until golden brown gives a soft yet crunchy sensation. A sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon syrup complements the oliebollen.
Duh, suddenly became hungry, huh? Dutch bread is very diverse and interesting to taste someday. Of the ten pieces of bread above, which ones have you tasted?