Pennsylvania Dutch: who are they?

Pennsylvania Dutch are descendants of Germanic peoples who emigrated to America before the 19th century. They speak a West Central German or Swiss dialect and practice various faiths, including Anabaptism. The Amish and Mennonites are the most prominent groups within the Pennsylvania Dutch population, with the Amish being known for their simple and conservative lifestyle […]

Types of Dutch Desserts?

The Netherlands has a variety of desserts, including everyday sweets like vla and stroopwafels, special occasion treats like poffertjes and appeltaart, and holiday season favorites like banket and oliebollen. Vla is a pudding made with milk, eggs, and sugar, while stroopwafels are wafer biscuits with caramel-like syrup. Poffertjes are small pancakes with butter and powdered […]

What’s Dutch Gouda?

Dutch Gouda cheese is a semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk, with seven types ranging from one month to two or more years old. Artisanal cheeses are richer and more flavorful than commercially produced ones. Gouda is used in sauces and pairs well with beer, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, or Shiraz. Dutch Gouda cheese […]

What’s Dutch Process Chocolate?

Dutch process chocolate is created by adding alkali to natural cocoa powder, resulting in a smoother, darker cocoa. It was invented by Dutch chocolatier Coenraad Johannes van Houten. Natural cocoa powder is created using the Broma process, which produces a slightly bitter, reddish powder. When baking, it is important to note whether a recipe calls […]

What’s Dutch Courage?

“Dutch courage” is the term for bravery obtained by drinking alcohol, with origins in England’s enmity towards the Netherlands. The term may have come from English soldiers challenging Dutch bravery, or from the Dutch supplying England with goods during the bubonic plague while drunk. Other theories link it to the Dutch invention of gin. These […]

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