Start of Christmas season in The Netherlands

It’s perhaps my tenth visit to Amsterdam, and I finally got to eat the mixture of fried cake dough, butter and sugar that are known as a form of traditional Dutch holiday cakes.

This is how they are made:

And, this is the final product. It is topped with about as much butter as cake, and topped with a large helping of powdered sugar. In celebration of the impending holidays, I had mine additionally topped with a shot of amaretto. Six euros, almost $10, was the cost, but it went down well after a long bike ride in freezing conditions.

Yes, that is a gargantuan block of butter that has been thoroughly carved.

Wish I remembered what the damn pancakes are called. I recommend them.

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