On my recent city break to Amsterdam, I recalled a bakery I’d visited on my very first trip to the city, Lanskroon. Cited in many a guide book as having the best Stroopwafels in Amsterdam, I wanted to find out more about this local institution second time around and how these world-famous wafels were made.
So I got in touch with the wonderful lady who runs this bakery, Claudia, and her bakers…
What are the origins of the Lanskroon Bakery?
Lanskroon is a 4th generation pastry shop. Everything in our shop is handmade, including our delicious world famous wafels and oliebollen. We’re lucky to have a very reliable and talented group of people working here. Inside we also run a school and train future pastry chefs to help them get their grades in baking.
You’ve mentioned previously that you love working with the local community, how do you do this?
It’s a fact that locals run the store, they are here every day and read the local newspaper with a cup of coffee. They also share their knowledge of the local area with tourists and travellers, it’s a springboard for all kinds of discussions like world news and what’s happening in the local community. Sometimes I feel we are a little cult.
What inspired you to work with the local community?
People are very interested to learn nowadays. In our profession, it’s very fashionable to help with this. To start a business is incredibly hard, so people bake at home as their hobby first and foremost. We just train them to get better at it in our local workshops.
Who are your bakers and how do you decide who works in your bakery?
My bakers are lovely, healthy and honest people, they’re crazy about baking! In terms of picking people to work in the bakery, I decide normally on skills, health and my own personal feelings. It is a very tiny bakery so we have to love each other and be able to be close to each other 8 hours a day. It is almost like a marriage!
You’re quoted in many a guidebook as having the best Stroopwafel in Amsterdam, why do you think that is?
We make a daily, fresh and exclusive product. The taste speaks for itself! They’re made every day, almost every hour.
Why do you think Stroopwafels are so integrated into Amsterdam’s culture?
Dutch people always eat a cookie or sweet treat with their coffee. It is within our culture to do so. Normally you get only one, so it best be a big one!
What are your favourite bakes for both Summer and Winter?
All year around are our wafels. In the Summer, it’d have to be our Strawberry cake with lemon curd in the middle or our Rhubarb Pie. In the Winter, it’d be the Apple and Cranberry pastry, Sachertorte, Schwarzwalder or the Honey and Cream cake.
How important to you is local produce in everything you produce and where do you get yours from?
Holland is a small country so almost all is local from a 50km radius. We are a member of a co-operation who buys the best for their members.
What is your Stroopwafel recipe?
Sorry… this is a secret.
Okay. So I couldn’t get their recipe, which makes sense when you have something as successful as Lanskroon’s wafels. Instead I’ll share with you my own…
Makes 10 Stroopwafels
I flew from London Heathrow and back to Birmingham International as a guest of KLM UK via their hub at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. My flights were complementary, but return flights with KLM UK from London to Amsterdam start from just £95 per person, or from Birmingham starting from £89.
It’s important to note that all views here are my own.