If you often crave a dougnut but wish it could come without the bellyache, come with me to the Netherlands for breakfast. The quickest way there is with hagelslag, or a “hailstorm” of sprinkles, on buttered bread (no need to toast it). While it sounds incredibly unhealthy, dutch sprinkles are high quality treats and there’s even guidelines for what can be called hagelslag.
Most are at least 35% cocoa with 100% cocoa butter (this means there are no weird fillers, like vegetable oil, as you’ll find in cheap sprinkles).
For those of you more than an arm’s throw away from the Netherlands, any good quality sprinkles will do the job. For those who can’t stand it and wish to try the real thing, a quick search for hagelslag will get you what you need – there’s all sorts from white chocolate, to dark, and from anise flavor, to even berry.
Tip: Next time you visit a friend, put a variety of sprinkles in a basket with a loaf of homemade bread and good quality European butter, and you’ll have a nice hostess gift in the making. You can even put the sprinkles in cute little jars. For authenticity’s sake, be sure to hang a tag from the sprinkles that reads “hagelslag.”
1 slice bread (preferably thick-sliced, I used country miche)
1 Tbsp high-quality chocolate sprinkles
European butter, to taste
When the morning sky rises up to greet you, stretch and prepare to start your day with a sprinkle.
These are sprinkles from around here, since I couldn’t find the authentic dutch ones at our local Euromart. But these tasted great, too!
… and several rays of sunshine.
Everyone loved it…
I mean, come on – it’s sprinkles for breakfast!
Thank you, Netherlands. Thank you.
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