Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 - Netherlands

Goedenavond, grab your clogs, balls of cheese and red light globes we are in the beautiful Netherlands.
Long time Don't Boil The Sauce! readers of The Chow Down to Eurovision will be familiar with my connection to Amsterdam, my dear friend Chantal. 

The two previous Netherlands' Chow Down to Eurovision entries have been inspired by my travels and gifts from Chantal and this year is no exception.

I was thrilled when a Christmas parcel arrived from Amsterdam containing a book on Dutch food! She knows me so well! Grazie Bella!

Chantal also sent me the book that is now famous in my Twitter avatar.
(beard has grown a bit, might need a reshoot)

There is so much excitement in writing this post knowing that in a few weeks I will be back in Amsterdam having a croquette with Chantal. Since the last time I saw her she has become a mum to twins and I can't wait to meet the new family.
I know that as AB and I head to Schiphol and bid farewell to the Dutch family I will be wishing for just One More Night....Give me one more day!

Cue Ester Hart with One More Night, the golden diva came 13th in 2003.

Fresh from the tree out the back, you don't get fresher than that!

Dutch Apple Pie recipe adapted from Dutch Delight by Sylvia Pessireron
  • 10-12 large apples
  • 100g dried currants (soaked in warm water and drained)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 175g sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 500g self raising flour
  • 50g almond meal
  • Extra egg yolk
  • Pre heat oven to 190°C
  • Peel, core and quarter the apples
  • Slice apples thinly
  • Coat apples with cinnamon and sugar
  • Either in a food processer or by hand mix the sugar, butter, eggs, salt until smooth
  • Add flour and knead until it comes together and is no longer sticky
  • Grease and flour a 26cm springform round cake tin (original is 28cm, I went for height)
  • Cover base and sides with about 1/4 of the dough mix, pressing to try and make it even
  • Add almond meal to the base to avoid a soggy bottom
  • Layer the apples and currents into the pie, alternating till you have none left
  • With remaining dough lay strips on the top of the pie in a traditional criss-cross pattern (or for a Eurovision reveal of the inside, just roll out and cover as you would a..um..pie)
  • Brush with beaten egg yolk
  • Bake for 50 minutes till golden
  • Allow to cool before removing from cake tin (I didn't wait and mine was very crumbly...which isn't really a bad thing really)
  • Serve with cream and/or ice cream

What more currants?

It didn't slice up as beautifully as the pie I had in Volendam but the flavour took me straight back there.

 It is common now for many countries to send contestants from X Factor or The Voice but The Netherlands has opted to send a The Voice judge Trijntje Oosterhuis
 Teamed up with the song writing brilliance of Anouk the Netherlands will again send pure class to Eurovision 2015 with Walk Along.

Will Trijntje be able to go one better than the Common Linnets and will we be all dining on bitterballen and apple pie at Eurovision 2016?

I'll turn my chair for this one!
veel success!
Past Netherlands Chow Down to Eurovision:




  1. What a gorgeous apple pie Jason and the excitement for us all is mounting indeed! Pinned and shared!

  2. What can I substitute the almond meal for as I am allergic to almonds?

    1. Hi Adele, you could just omit the almond meal and it would still be fine :)