Breakfast with coffee cakes on Sundays: it’s the standard in Flanders. Most bakers have a fairly extensive range of different coffee cakes, of which cream cakes are one of the best known. We can assure you: it’s the type of pastry you want to sink your teeth into NOW.
Coffee cakes vs. coffee buns
Where in Belgium everyone knows what it is about when we talk about coffee cakes, the pastries in the Netherlands are more known as coffee rolls – especially in the north of the country. The name coffee cakes may also be a bit misleading. Read: no small cookies for coffee, but rather larger pastries for the Sunday breakfast table.
Such a Sunday breakfast typically consists of an assortment of coffee cakes on the one hand and pistolets on the other. Contrary to what we mean by pistolets in the Netherlands, in Belgium these are round, airy sandwiches with a crunchy outer layer.
From apple turnovers to cream cakes
But hey, coffee cakes. You should really just go to a Flemish bakery on Sunday to see what such an assortment looks like. On Sundays, most bakers have a more extensive range than during the week, because of the popular breakfast tradition in many families. From apple turnovers to square chocolats to chocolate cakes with baked in pudding, cherry turnovers and coffee cakes with frangipane.
And so are cream cakes: perhaps one of the most exemplary coffee cakes of all time. A cream cake is such a coffee cake that every baker has in his assortment, although the rest of the assortment at bakers can differ somewhat.
The magic of a cream cake
In fact, it is a relatively simple coffee cake, which in its simplicity still has something magical. A crème cake consists of baked puff pastry, cut in half and filled with a layer of pastry cream (often called ‘pudding’ in Flemish vernacular).
The magic is not only in the contrast between those crunchy layers and the creamy filling, but also in the top layer of powdered sugar that undoubtedly sticks to your nose after you take a bite of the cookie.
Try it yourself? Take the car to Flanders, or make it yourself. That’s less laborious than you might think. You will find a good recipe in Rutger van den Broek ‘s Bakatlas , for example.
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