Sunday, 23 September 2012

The cakes of Amsterdam





Mr CC and I are back from our travels to Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands.  I hadn’t expected that much from Amsterdam in terms of cakes and baking and was therefore pleasantly surprised by what we found...albeit most of it coming from one shop!




The star of the show, in terms of baking, is the wacky and rather wonderful De Taart van m’n Tante which is well worth the tram ride out of the town centre to reach it.  Take a No24 tram and you’re there in about 10 minutes.  We went twice and thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the baking and the ambience.  There was a large menu of delights:



Which looked as good as they sounded:




And were enjoyed in a comfortable and eclectic setting:




On our first visit I went for the Dutch apple tart, and Mr CC the chocolate truffle cake.  I loved the generous helping of cinnamon with the apples – a perfect combination.  Note that Mr CC started on his cake before I could get a photo...proof of how desperately he wanted to get stuck in!






On our second visit I chose the Mon Cherie which was a lovely balance of sweet and tart, and Mr CC chose the lemon tart.  They get top marks for the generosity of the portion size:





I had read about Dutch sugar bread (a spicy eggy bread) being a popular breakfast treat and was keen to try it.  We found a cafe serving it along with homemade jam.  It was amazing – like warm and spicy bread pudding but much lighter.  The homemade jam was left quite tart and complimented it perfectly.  I ate this whole plate without drawing breath:




The final Dutch speciality I wanted to sink my fangs into was poffertjes – little puffy pancakes.  I expected these to feature on more menus than they did.  For the first few days we always saw them when we didn’t want them, and then, when I did want them we couldn’t find them!  Luckily, when we visited the Waterlooplein flea market we found this stall selling them:




Poffertjes are small puffy pancakes.  I watched the stall holder to see how he prepared them – after cooking he dabbed butter on them which melted, and then a liberal dredging of vanilla sugar.  Need I say they tasted divine?




This isn’t cake related but amused me.  When we walked through the Chinatown region of Amsterdam we spotted a fixed price all-you-can-eat buffet.  What set this apart was the time limit.  I’d never seen a buffet limited to an hour and wondered how they policed it – does each table come with an alarm clock?  I liked how it added a food challenge, Man v Food element to the meal.  And no...we didn’t try it!



19 comments:

Caroline said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. I particularly like the look of that Dutch apple tart - yum!

Cakeyboi said...

Those cakes look amazing - long time since I've been to the Netherlands and I certainly don't remember cakes like those! Glad you had a great time.

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

Ahhhh food envy! So want to go there!! Lovely photos, poor Mr CC must understand everything has to be documented! :)

Nom! X

Caroline said...

I went past that shop when I was in Amsterdam a few months ago, but I didn't go in it- wish I had now!

The View From The Table said...

Great post, fab pictures too. Have a hankering for Holland now!

Debs Dust Bunny said...

I adore Amsterdam and the food! Thanks for sharing all those wonderful cakes!

Miss C Flash said...

Wow, I love all the cakes, I never knew Amsterdam had such an array of cakes. Lovely x

Gloria said...

OMY I love all and look delicious and Im hungry:)

Katie said...

All those desserts look amazing. Especially the apple one and the sugar bread. Wow

fallen from flavour said...

i've never been to amsterdam, so it was nice to travel vicariously through your post. cakewise, that shop had quite a decent selection. i loved its interior, and there's nothing i like more than sampling local street food from markets, as like the poffertjes you enjoyed.

Soo said...

I missed all of those when I was in Amsterdam - I need you to sort out all my future travel itineraries. The lemon tart looks particularly yummmmm.

Maria♥ said...

Wow all those cakes look so delish.

Maria
x

Lucy said...

It looks like you had a lovely break - the food all looks delicious. Loving the generous portions!

Lucy said...

It looks like you had a lovely break - the food all looks delicious. Loving the generous portions!

Jo said...

Great looking cakes and tarts! I particularly love the name "Chocolat slut pie" Ha! Think I would get it for the name alone. Love the first photo too!

Cakelaw said...

How fabulous! I want to try the Mon Cherie - so pretty.

Greedy Traveller said...

Looks like a great trip - nothing better than combining travel and food! Excellent photos too - I need to invest in a better camera!

Samantha Elliott said...

I am taking notes of what you saw and where you went as Hubby and I have just booked to go to Amsterdam in February! Woo Hoo! Any other notes will be gratefully received!
xx

sensibilia said...

OH, that chocolate cake! I was just about ready to lick the screen!