Dutch Ice Cream Cake

We had this family dinner planned and I wanted to bring something like a dessert or cake. I had my eye on these special cakes you can buy in the store, but I could not find them at that moment. So I figured I had to think of something else. As an ice cream lover, the step to ice cream was pretty quick. I decided to mix in some real Dutch poffertjes to give the Ice Cream Cake an extra bite to it. The first strawberries are just coming to the store so really wanted to add them too. So it became a mixture of these ingredients. Sounds good right!

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Ingredients for the Dutch Ice Cream Cake:

  • 100 grams of dark chocolate
  • 500 grams of strawberries
  • 1 liter of ice cream ( I used half a liter of vanilla ice cream and half a liter of three chocolates ice cream)
  • Pack of 75 poffertjes, 625 grams.

 

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So here is what you do:

Cut the strawberries in four pieces. Melt the chocolate and keep it warm. Get a baking dish or something you like to use… but make sure that it still fits in your fridge :). 

Sprinkle some strawberries and poffertjes in your baking dish. Add ice cream in the empty parts. When the baking dish is nice and filled, add another layer of strawberries, poffertjes and ice cream. Continue doing so until you have finished all you products. Now add the hot chocolate on top of the ice cream cake. 

Voilà, your ice cream cake is ready. Now put the cake into the fridge for at least half an hour to get the ultimate result.

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I really loved the combination of chocolate, ice cream and the Dutch poffertjes. The poffertjes stayed really soft and where easy to eat even though they where frozen. The strawberries on the other hand were very hard and cold to eat, but still very delicious. 

Life in Photos 16/52

Photo above: 23th of April – Little lamb chilling in the grass

 

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19th of April – Work, work, work, work, work. 

 

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19th of April – Quick pizza dinner… Pizza with pesto was a very good choice.

 

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20th of April – Jummy Mexican dinner. Tortilla, meat, guacamole, rice, peppers and more. 

 

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20th of April – Drinking coffee and tea with the mother in the garden! Enjoying our new swinging bench and the view, obviously.

 

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20th of April – Can't get enough of these beautiful sunsets.

 

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21th of April – Demolishion. 

 

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21th of April – Pretty flower!

 

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21th of April – Made some ice-cream cake… With poffertjes!

 

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22th of April – Happy Birthday to Opa. We missed you this weekend.

 

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22th of April – Soup!

 

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22th of April – Vegan vs. Chicken dinner.

 

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22th of April – The record player was a big hit. My uncle, music fanatic and dj, played us records all night long.

 

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23th of April – Breakfast

 

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23th of April – Appel pie recipe in a store window, you never know when it might need it!

 

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23th of April – Cuteness overload from this little lamb. 

 

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23th of April – Marina. Setting sail to explore the nature reserve Biesbosch.

 

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23th of April – A pretty good sight to see!

 

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23th of April – Famous 'Zevenbergse worstenbroodjes'.

 

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23th of April – Delicious Indonesian dinner.

 

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24th of April – Happy Hamburger!

Orange Tompoucen

Tompoucen are a famous Dutch pastry the Dutchies eat all year round. You can buy the best one's at HEMA. For our Kingsday these Tompoucen turn Orange, our nations colour. We had some American family over and I wanted to bring some Orange Tompoucen as a treat, but I could not find them anywhere yet. And I was too late to order them online. So why not make them yourself I thought. I used the basis of this recipe to make the Tompoucen.

 

So here is the recipe for eight big or 16 small Orange Tompoucen:

Dough

  • 8 slices of butter puff pastry (roomboter bladerdeeg)
  • 1 egg yolk

Filling

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250 ml of whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 50 grams of sugar
  • 25 grams flour
  • 125 ml cream

Icing

  • 150 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 drop of orange dye

 

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These are the preparations:

Cream

Start with the preparations of the cream. This process takes the longest time. Beat the egg yolks with the flour and a little bit of the milk until you create a smooth mixture. Bring the rest of the milk with the sugar and vanilla pod to the boiling point. Pour the hot milk mixture, bit by bit, while stirring in the egg mixture. Keep stirring, now pour this mixture back into the pan and bring to the boil again. Let this boil for around 5 minutes, keep stirring until it reaches the thickness you like. It is really important that the mixture is really thick in order to keep the cream thick enough, so it won't drip out.

Pour the custard into a plate. Cover with a piece of plastic and let it first cool outside of the fridge, then set in the fridge for about an hour and a half.

In another bowl, whip the cream firmly. Put the whipped cream into the cooled cream. Pour the mixture into a icing bag and leave in the fridge for another half hour to cool and get a stiffer. 

Dough

Preheat the oven of 225 degrees Celsius. Defrost the puff pasty and cut them in half for 8 Tompoucen and cut them in four pieces for 16 smaller Tompoucen. Divide them on a baking sheet and prick some holes into the puff pastries. These holes wil prevent the puffs from rising to much. 

Beat the egg yolks. Brush the puffs with the egg yolks and bake them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Let them cool off…

Icing

Add the water, powdered sugar and a drop of orange food colouring. Mix it well. Spread the icing over half of the puffs and let it harden. 

Tompoucen

Use the icing bag to divide the cream over the unglazed puff pasties. Put the orange pasties on top and ready are your Tompoucen! You can keep them in the fridge.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this Orange Tompoucen recipe, we sure did. It tasted really amazing, even though my cream was a bit too thin. 

 

Also real Dutch, Stroopwafels. Check out this Stroopwafelcake:

Stroopwafel Cake

Life in Photos 15/52

Photo above: 17th of April – The sky; always so different and inspiring. 

 

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11th of April – Endless notes at work.

 

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12th of April – Taking a dip in the Jacuzzi!

 

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14th of April – Strawberries after a shower.

 

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14th of April – Red tulips in the garden! They make me feel so happy.

 

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15th of April – Art in the bedroom.

 

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16th of April – Working at the car wash!

 

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16th of April – Fruit basket for Grandpa.

 

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16th of April – Old letter from Grandma, a post stamp of 4 cents. Who knew.

 

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17th of April – Mom redecorating our hideous green bar stools.

 

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17th of April – Details of the mini bar at home.

 

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17th of April – Planting more seeds… Growing the vegtable garden even further. 

 

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17th of April – Grow garden, grow! Amazing to see this process.

 

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17th of April – The view. 

 

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17th of April – Green grass and little white flowers.

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Okay, so here's the thing: I LOVE chocolate chip cookies! I recently became vegan, and although the chocolate chip cookies from the grocery store are vegan, I wanted to see if I could make my own. I proudly present to you: very delicious chocolate chip cookies made without any animal products. 

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

1 cup is 0,236 ML.

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Start by mixing the coconut oil & brown sugar together, then add the almond milk & vanilla. 
  3. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a different bowl.
  4. Combine the two bowls of ingredients and add the chocolate chips.
  5. Smoosh together some of the mixture into a ball. Put these on your baking sheet en flatten them with your hand.
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes. They can be quite soft, but just let them cool down (not in the fridge!) and they will be crispy as well as delicious!

(I used the recipe from dailyrebecca.)

 

Can't get enough of chocolate? Check out these recipes!

Delicious cake with Mars

 

Want more vegan recipes:

Easy vegan wok recipe!

Specialty: Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun)

 

American Pancake Recipe

I love American pancakes, especially since they are so different from the Dutch pancakes. I really like to eat them for breakfast, but lets be honest, they would be good at any time of the day. I made these pancakes for the first time on our AGA when we had the pancake bake-off. On the AGA we can not control the temperature of the stove, so my first pancakes went to fast and burned, unfortunately. But after I got the hang of it… it al worked out great.

So here is my American Pancake Recipe.

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Ingredients you need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 120 grams flour
  • 60 grams (fine) sugar
  • 120 ml of milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar

 

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Preparations:

Separate the egg and put them the egg yolk and egg white in two different bowls. Add flour, baking powder and milk to the egg yolks and  mixing these ingredients until it is a smooth thick mixture. Beat the egg whites with the salt until stiff and add this to the flour mixture. Now your dough is ready! 

Heat a non-stick pan, this is really important for the pancakes not to burn. Put some butter in the pan. Place little hopes of the mixture in the heated pan and let it bake a few minutes until golden and firm on both sides. And ready are your pancakes.

We love to eat them with fresh fruits and syrup, but you can also add blueberries, bananas, stewed apples or pieces of chocolate.

 

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Do you want more pancakes? Check out the pancake bake-off and my German Pancake, also a great recipe.

 

Life in Photos 14/52

Photo above: 10th of April – The magnolia is totally blooming!

 

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6th of April – Spotted this beautiful white creature.

 

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8th of April – Windmills and cloudy skies make a damn good combination. 

 

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8th of April – Taking a ride in the kayak during sunset.

 

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8th of April – Found these great pictures on my camera. Thanks Mom! I love the sunset and the reflection of the clouds in the water.

 

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9th of April – Den Haag – Holland Spoor.

 

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9th of April – Markthallen in Rotterdam. Look at all those nuts… so pretty.

 

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9st of April – The best days are filled with ice-cream!

 

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9th of April – Saw the one and only Andra Day perform… soo awesome. This woman has the most amazing voice. 

 

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9th of April – Blurry picture of the cutest outdoor hang-out place and those lights heart.

 

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9th of April – Rooftop adventures with Shadee.

 

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10th of April – Grape hyacinth bringing colour to the green garden.

 

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10th of April – Dirty 'klompen' (clogs). 

 

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10th of April – Update on the vegetable garden. 

The famous cheese fondue recipe

This is my moms famous cheese fondue recipe. It's delicious and made with fresh ingredients. It's a very plain cheese fondue recipe, there is no wine in it for example, but this is what makes it sooooooooooo good. We make this recipe a lot at birthdays and our friends and family love it. 

What do you need:

  • 75 grams of butter
  • 75 grams of flour
  • 375 grams of cheese of your liking, we use Gouda cheese
  • 750 ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250 grams mushrooms
  • 250 grams ham

 

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Here is what you have to do to make this delicious cheese fondue:

  • Cut and bake the mushrooms, cut the ham and slice the cheese.
  • Melt the butter in a pan with a thick bottom. You don't want the cheese to burn. Once the butter is melted add the flower.
  • Add the milk bit by bit, keep stirring, until it's a smooth mixture. 
  • Keep stirring and add the sliced cheese piece by piece.
  • Seperate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Add the egg yolks to the cheese mixture.
  • Add the mushrooms and ham. Now your cheese fondue is ready.

We love eating the cheese fondue with bread. You can also serve it with all sorts of vegtables and maybe even with meat.

 

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Life in Photos 13/52

Photo above: 3th of April – The magnolia is getting ready to bloom!

 

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28th of March – Easter brunch at Oma and Opa's.

 

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28th of March – My talented cousin Sietske made these amazing apple roses.

 

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28th of March – My mom planted our "Moestuintjes", can't wait to see them grow.

 

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28th of March – Amazing dinner.

 

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30th of March – Another great sunset.

 

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30th of March – Spring flowers!

 

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1st of April – Amazing soup for dinner. 

 

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2th of April – Cutest little black lambs!

 

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3th of April – Tom's birthday present arrived today.

 

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3th of April – The vegtable garden is starting to grow, whoep whoep!

 

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3th of April – Reflections.

 

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3th of April – Spring!

 

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3th of April – Trying out the kayak was amazing. The view in the ditches was unbelievable!

My Trip to Berlin | Pictures

I went on a schooltrip to Berlin last week and I thought it would be fun to show the pictures I made there.

 

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Hello horses.

 

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Some random COLORFUL pictures from the streets of Berlin.

 

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A random piece of the wall that used to divide East and West Berlin.

 

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Checkpoint Charlie.

 

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The Jewish Monument.

 

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This used to be a Stasi-prison. The stories they told us about the prison were so awful. I can't believe how terrible they treated people… 

 

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Look at those Golden details.


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Last, but not least: a beautiful gallery.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing some pictures from my trip to Berlin.

Is there anything you would like me to share about my trip to Berlin? Let me know in the comments!