Dutch Appelstroop: Delicious Apple Syrup for on Bread, Ice Cream, or Pancakes

Cuisine Dutch
Course Bread Topping, Main Course
Servings 8 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
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Learn to make Appelstroop (Dutch Apple Syrup). We’re about to embark on a delightful culinary journey to discover the art of making Dutch Appelstroop, a sweet and tangy delight that brings back cherished memories of my childhood in the Netherlands. Join me as we explore the traditional method of creating this delicious apple syrup, perfect for spreading on bread, drizzling over pannenkoeken, or enhancing the flavor of other pastries, not to mention its role in my hachee recipe.

Now, let’s dive into the heart of making your own Appelstroop. The key is to keep it simple and let the natural sweetness of the apples shine. Here’s my recipe:

For those unfamiliar, Appelstroop is a Dutch apple syrup that adds a unique and delightful flavor to a variety of dishes. In some regions, it's known as "Rinse Appelstroop," where 'Rinse' translates to "fresh acidic." This variation often includes sugar beets, comprising up to 70% of the ingredients. However, I opt for a purer experience, with 100% apples and just a touch of sugar to enhance the taste as we cook it down.

Ingredients

Appelstroop Ingredients

  • 2.75 kg Apple
  • Superfine sugar (caster sugar / witte basterdsuiker)

NUTRITION

Nutrition Facts
Dutch Appelstroop: Delicious Apple Syrup for on Bread, Ice Cream, or Pancakes
Serving Size
 
1 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
179
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
368
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
47
g
16
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
36
g
40
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
186
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
16
mg
19
%
Calcium
 
21
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer

Nutrition Facts provided are a calculated estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Instructions

Preparing the Ingredients

  • Wash the apples very thoroughly, and dry them completely.
  • Get your juicer ready.
  • Core all your apples, and cut them into pieces, if necessary.
  • Juice all your apples. If there's a lot of foam, you can remove it -- do not throw it away, it is great to eat plain, or mix through ice cream, or yoghurt.If you don't have a centrifugal juicer, you can use a Steam Juicer Pan to make apple juice.

Making the Appelstroop

  • Pour the fresh apple juice into a shallow and wide bottomed pan. I use a large sauté pan.
  • Put the pan on your stove, and bring the juice to a boil
  • Once the juice is boiling, turn down the heat to medium-low, to let it simmer.
  • When the juice is reduced by half, taste it, and add a little bit of sugar, if you think it needs it.
  • Keep cooking down the syrup. You have to be careful not to cook it too far, it can turn into "candy" if you let it go too long.A quick way to test this, is to put a small amount of syrup on a cold plate (I put the plate in the fridge beforehand). You should check it often during the cooking process, to prevent taking it too far.
  • When the syrup is at the right consistency, pour it into a clean glass jar.

Helpful Tip

  • If the apple syrup becomes too firm to spread on bread after cooling, you have two easy options for softening it.Microwave Method: Pop the jar in the microwave for a few seconds until the syrup softens to your desired consistency.Stovetop Method: If you prefer not to use the microwave, place the jar in a pot of water and gradually heat the water to a simmer. Stir the applestroop in the glass container until it reaches a spreadable texture. This method ensures a smooth consistency without the need for a microwave.

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