Eating what in what now? Vlaai is the thing you have to eat when you’re in Limburg, the southernmost province in the Netherlands. It’s a pie, basically, with different kinds of fruit fillings. Strawberry, cherry, apricot, apple, whatever butters your parsnips. We drove down to Maastricht to see the city and countryside. And to eat pie.
Maastricht is the oldest city in the country. It’s cut in half by the Meuse river, with the train station and a lot of local shops on one side, and the main shopping street with the big brands on the other. I especially like the quaint and distinguished vibe of that first side. There was a gift shop that sold wasabi toothpaste, so I don’t know what else you could possibly wish for.
On our last morning there, we went to the famous local spelt bakery De Bisschopsmolen that has its own water mill. The bakery has three entrances: one at the shop, one at the cafe area and a back entrance where you can find the water mill. The staff is exceptionally cheery and friendly (to big city standards anyway) and the cafe area is so, so cosy.
When we sat down for breakfast, people were just starting to trickle in. Most of them were there for a workshop – you can sign up to make your own vlaai! And the fun thing is that you can see right into their kitchen from the cafe. We had spelt bread and an amazing spelt baguette with cheese, nuts, salad and honey. And of course: an apple & nut vlaai.
I would’ve preferred the rice pudding vlaai, but that one was still too hot and fresh from the oven to slice. Was that the most delicious sentence ever?
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The apple & nut vlaai is appley and soft with crunchy nutty bits. It’s good! But in all fairness, I’ve never liked vlaai crust much. I like buttery, crumbly pie crusts. Vlaai crusts are more neutral in flavour, more chewy and doughy. Probably a lot healthier though, or less unhealthy at least. Anyway, go for it when you’re there! And get that delicious baguette too.
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