Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dutch Bolussen

Bolussen are a traditional Dutch swirled sugar-bun similar to monkeybread, sticky buns, skillingsboller and cinnamon roll. There are different kinds of bolussen available in The Netherlands depending on the region you are in. Zeeuwse bolussen, from the south, are by far the most known. Every year there's a contest for the 'Best Zeeuwse Bolusbaker' to keep the tradition! The Zeeuwse bolussen are very dark, relatively flat swirls of dough coated in sticky sugar. My bolussen resemble them, but are by far not as darkly coated and are a bit more '3D'.

Bolussen are a dying-and-reappearing tradition. For years it was only available in some regions of the Netherlands or in (specialty) bakeries. A great deal of Holland has never even heard of bolussen! However, over the recent years it's been popping up in supermarkets. Bolussen are eaten for breakfast or lunch as a treat. Occasionally they're cut in chunks and served with tea. Bolussen are usually served cold with butter, but warm buns make a delicious sunday morning treat!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jam flavour-combination Inspiration Sheet

I've been making a lot of jams over the past years and it's the season again! I've tried a lot of combinations of flavours and I thought I'd compile them all up into a 'simple' cheatsheet.  I love trying to come up with new unique flavours to see what works. The list is in no way intended to be a comprehensive list, but I hope it inspires you!

Fruits in alphabetical order:
All combinations of 2 fruits
All combinations of 3 fruits (suggestions)
All combinations of 4+ fruits
*Common combinations