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Limburgse vlaai (A very local Dutch treat)  RSS feed

 
Kat deZwart
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Inspired by Paul's [urlhttp://www.permies.com/t/14838/meaningless-drivel/cake-pie]cakeytopic[/url] I'd like to share my granddad's recipe for a very local pie-like recipe: Limburgse vlaai (Pie from Limburg, Nl)

For one 28 cm (10 pieces) vlaai:

make a dough out of:
400 grams of flour
40 grams of butter
1 egg
40 grams of sugar
pinch of salt
fresh yeast (or dried) in the same amount as for breaddough
enough milk to make a breadlike dough

*make a breadlike dough and let it rise till it's doubled in volume, knead once and let rise again

* Prepair a fruitfilling: fresh cherries, rhubarb, apple and raisins, abricot or gooseberries are traditional, but you can experiment as you go along. About 400 grams should be enough. Mix in sugar and spices according to taste. If the fruit is very juicy, sugar it and let it stand for a while to extract some of the excess juices.

* Roll out the dough.
The dough should be about 0,5 cm thick (any leftover dough can be used to roll strips of dough to make a criss-cross pattern on top). Butter the form and put in the dough, press down and make little airholes with a fork so the steam can come out. Sprinkle with some breadcrumbs( if it's very moist fruit), ad fruit, ad doughstrips or crumbs (150 gram flour, 100 gram sugar, 100 gram butter) and bake at 220 celcius for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in 10 pieces. Best eaten the same day.

Traditionally you need a vlaai-vorm that looks like this
A springform or large enough piedish should work to.

The finished thing should look a bit like this:
 
Peony Jay
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Yum.
A local organic farmer bakes stuff and sells it at the Farmer's Market here. He makes a cake like that one. It's a Linzer Torte. I'll have to make that, Kat. Thank you!

It's Farmer's Market day tomorrow.

My family is Norwegian so we make blotkake. Here's a recipe.
http://mylittlenorway.com/2009/05/norwegian-cakes-for-celebrating/

Vær så god! Vel bekomme!
 
Kat deZwart
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Linzer torte is about the same, but with more of a cookie-like dough, often containing nuts, than the breadlike dough of "vlaai". It's also eaten here, often filled with a rehydrated black prune filling at funerals. It keeps a long time in the cellar also.

Blotkake sounds delish too, I'll be trying that next week when I celebrate my birthday, hopefully with the first strawberries of the year.
 
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Dough and apples, my two favourite foods
I'm on pudding duty for Sunday lunch and this looks perfect.
 
Kat deZwart
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Leila, then maybe this would be fun for you to:

pie'd apples
 
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This thread is killing me - it all looks so yummy.
 
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Bwahaahaahaaa! I'm EVIL!
http://cooklikejames.typepad.com/cook_like_james/2009/11/rustic-apple-tarts-two.html

My aunt used to make me this in Paris.
I worked in a French bakery in Vancouver BC in the 80's and we made a simple apricot and cream cheese tarte that looked like that picture.
Maaaan! I miss those great coffee breaks.
 
Leila Rich
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I made the tart, it looked rather good and was pretty darn tasty with whipped cream
I can't be bothered hollowing out apples, but I can imagine a version of the old family pud 'baked apples' : core, taking extra so there's plenty of room to stuff. Put in baking dish, fill with dried fruit, spices, butter, sugar, whatever takes your fancy. add a bit of water and bake hot.
Pastry on top would be a nice addition...
We always had custard with baked apples.
 
Kat deZwart
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Whipped cream is a point of discussion around here, some say it is mandatory, some say it's heresy...
On the appletart Peony linked to it seems great though (or some homemade icecream, that would be nice too).
Next weekend is my birthday so i'll be baking up a storm.

 
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As far as I'm concerned, fat is one of the major food groups, so I'm very much in the 'cream=manditory' camp
 
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