To say that I have a sweet tooth would be an understatement. In my mind dessert, brunch and crepes are all separate food groups that each deserve their own attention. While traveling throughout Europe, Amsterdam was one city that delivered in terms of satisfying my sweet tooth, and just one of many reasons that I fell in love with the city. Whether or not you’re a dessert-lover, many of the foods I loved are traditional Dutch dishes that warrant a taste while visiting. Here’s 5 sweet Dutch treats that can make any trip to Amsterdam or the Netherlands that much better:
Dutch pancakes are one of the dishes you absolutely have to try while in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands. Much different than American pancakes, Dutch pancakes are extremely thin, much more similar to crepes. You can eat them plain with some sugar, powdered sugar or butter, you can order them with different fruits baked in (like the banana pancake above) or even get a savory version.
Poffertjes are a specific type of Dutch pancake with a much different feel than the larger, thinner version. This sweet dish is more spongy and light than American pancakes as well as significantly smaller. A small medallion shaped food, they are traditionally served with powdered sugar and butter. I would highly recommend the poffertjes, they were absolutely fantastic.
Small Traditional Pancakes filled with Raisin and Apple
These small traditional pancakes reminded me more of their American cousin. However, packed with apples and raisins they were denser and heavier. I also really loved this dish and would highly recommend it. These pancakes were served with a side of sweet raspberry sauce.
The 3 above pancake dishes are all from the popular Pancakes! Amsterdam restaurant. Pancakes! has a wide variety of pancake dishes in traditional Dutch style as well as styles from all around the world. If you’re looking to try any sort of Dutch Pancakes while in Amsterdam I absolutely suggest Pancakes!
Besides trying any sort of Dutch pancake, another must in terms of traditional Dutch food is the stroopwafel. Two thin, waffle like sides sandwich a sticky, caramel filling. You can find the stroopwafel in all sizes, accompanying coffee and tea, as well as sold individually on the street and in stores.
Dutch Apple Pie
In my opinion, any food with the location in it’s name has to be eaten while visiting. Once it dawned on me that of course Dutch Apple Pie must be Dutch, I was on the hunt for the best in Amsterdam. The consensus on the internet was that Winkel 43 had the best Dutch Apple Pie in town and so that’s where I headed. The slices are big and the crust is very cakey, make sure you save lots of room.
My time in Amsterdam was wonderful and these sweet, traditional dishes only elevated that experience. If you make it out to the Netherlands make sure you try at least 1, you won’t regreat it.
Any other sweet Dutch foods you would add to the list?