Apr 16, 2013

Blond Amsterdam

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Blond Amsterdam

Thanks for entering, everyone! Random.org gave me #57, Marcia. Please drop me a line using the contact form in the website so I can get you your package asap!


I wouldn’t be much of a Dutchie if I didn’t, at some point, introduce you to ‘Blond Amsterdam‘. Well, only those of you unfamiliar with the brand, of course.

So what is it? Blond Amsterdam is really a kind of Dutch feel-good kitchen ware. It’s a fun, cheerful and different pottery line (among other things) that’ll make your kitchen life a heck of a lot more fun!

I bought a few plates myself recently (I was a little late to the party, it’s been around for a while) and picked up a few extra items, just for the heck of it. Nothing beats a cheerful giveaway!

Here’s what you’ll get:
 

For starters, I bought a pair of kitchen mittens (I have these as well!). All in Dutch, of course.
Blond Amsterdam

I also bought the cutest and most cheerful apron! See that print? That’s the recipe for a real Dutch ‘Appeltaart’ (apple pie).
Blond Amsterdam

If you’re gonna bake an appeltaart, you’ll need tea cups. It’s a universal rule. How about a set of seriously oversized and incredibly cute tea cups that also make really good soup bowls?
Blond Amsterdam

And last, but definitely not least, I finished the set with a matching sugar pot and milk jug.
Blond Amsterdam

 
If this won’t get you baking, nothing will. Oh, and if you’re a guy: I really want to see a photo of you wearing the apron!
 
Want to enter the giveaway? Just let me know what’s in your oven. What kind of thing do you really like to bake on, say, a rainy afternoon?

Oh, and please don’t let me stop you from sharing a recipe! You know how terrible I am at baking, right?

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    71 Comments »

    1. 1

      Not sure where or what the giveaway is, but I’m always baking some kind of cake.  BTW, love the sugar pot and milk jug shown above.

      Carla on Apr 16, 2013 @ 2:40 pm Reply
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      I love baking on a rainy afternoon. If I’m feeling a little lazy I’ll make my oatmeal almond chocolate chip cookies while watching DVDs. On the stove top I may make an easy stew that can simmer for hours. If I’m feeling a little more ambitious, I’ll make a fruit pie depending on what’s in season apples, blueberries, sweet potato…or what doesn’t require a trip to the store!

      Juanita Garcia on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:04 pm Reply
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      Though I use my oven often, and make lots an lots of different things in it, probably the most favourite thing to bake for me is bread. Having those breads rise in the windowsill and then bake them in the oven fills the house with a smell that can’t be beaten!

      Willeke on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:10 pm Reply
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      I love the over sized tea cups.  They are great.  My favorite thing to bake over the weekend is brownies.  I work with a lot of kids and they enjoy it when I bring them something to snack on.

      Jeanne Quinn on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:10 pm Reply
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      I love this series of kitchen goodies. I never realized it was a Dutch company though.
      I love baking and I’m actually going right now to bake chocolate brownies for a work meeting tomorrow!

      Magda on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:14 pm Reply
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      recently I love baking brownies, rasberry ones! 

      Lidia on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:20 pm Reply
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      I love baking! Brownies are on my stove now, cooling off. But I make the best carrot cake always as cupcakes, with brown sugar, and eat them up for breakfast. I made the best lavender chiffon cake with lemon custard filling for Easter. My husband loves! your licorice cupcakes. But on rainy (winter) afternoons I actually make your Hachee. :D

      Govi on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:21 pm Reply
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      In my oven right now are the pots and pans from last night drying off.
      I like to make chocolate cake with fresh whipped icing. :)
       

      Lynn on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:34 pm Reply
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      I just made granola. It is soooo much better than store bought and it makes you house smell like heaven!

      Christina S on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:36 pm Reply
    10. 10

      Last friday night, i baked a corn cake, delicious!
      fingers crossed to wint the giveway!

      Diana Abreu on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:41 pm Reply
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      Love all these! They’re just so cute! Have to admit I haven’t been baking much lately but if I was, it would be to try that apple tart recipe on the apron. I’d bet it’s delicious.

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:42 pm Reply
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      Making some banana bread cause it is raining outside today.  These are adorable. Love the apron.

      Judy G on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:03 pm Reply
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      I love Blond Amsterdam – I bought one cup once I was in Amsterdam (check here with some awesome avocado icecreams from JO mag http://gpmagija.blogspot.com/2010/01/avokado-ledai.html ).
      In a rainy day I bake loaf cake/big muffin cake, in Lithuanian we call it “keksas”. It’s awesome bake as it doesn’t require much, but always taste awesome. So for rainy day I propose you my last bake – exotic dried fruit loaf cake with chocolate ganache (please see pictures in my blog, hoever I will translate recipe in english here http://gpmagija.blogspot.com/2013/04/varskes-keksas-su-dziovintais-vaisiais.html ).
      1 big cake:
      200g soft non salted butter or margarine
      200g sugar
      7g vanilla sugar or essence
      4 big eggs
      200g curd/cottage cheese/ricotta (we use 9% fat, but please use what you have)
      300g white flour
      1 tea spoon baking powder
      pinch of salt
      200-300g dried fruits mix (such as cherries, cranberries, papaya, pineapple cubes)

      For choco ganache:
      2 tea spoons of butter
      100ml double cream (fat at least 35%)
      100g white choco
      100g black choco

      Preheat oven to 200 C degrees.
      In a bowl beat butter and sugar. Add eggs, one by one, until it’s flufy. Add curd/cottage cheese/ricotta and mix well. Sift in flour, baking flour, salt and mix until you don’t see dry flour. Add dried fruits and mix the batter. Add parchment/baking paper in your form and add dought. Bake in oven for 40-60 minutes, until toothpick cames out dry (depens on ovens, I use simply gas oven with not very good temperature scale).
      For ganache heat the cream. Broke choco and set aside in 2 cups. Add in each 1 spoon of butter. When you see that cream is bioling – split this amount to both cups with choco.
      When cake is baked, cool it. Then with spoon make it beautiful with choco.
      It tastes good for 2-3 days if you keep covered with some plastic film.

      Indre on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:03 pm Reply
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      Kay– they are so cute!  We are coming to Holland to bike this summer.
      Recently I made some chewy peanut butter bars — so good!!

      Kel on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:05 pm Reply
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      I love to bake a rum cake (a family holiday classic), or a Guinness chocolate cake, or a banana bread….or brownies or strawberry cupcakes.  I’m hungry right now, can you tell? :)

      Sarah on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:08 pm Reply
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      They all look so cute, Ok today i baked chocolate brownies from the new cook book i bought online. I bake a lot, epseically for sunday coffee i bakes cates and for the weekdays ( not every day if i could i would but my wais line show it) i try to bake something small.
      Oh i think if i win i woudn’t mind asking hubby to wear this and i will take a snap and send you ( if he allows) :-)

      Finla on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:08 pm Reply
    17. 17

      I like to make a sweet potato pound cake. So easy and good!

      Nance on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:13 pm Reply
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      I love baking desserts.  Last things I baked were double chocolate cookies and brownies.  I use my quilt guild meetings as guinea pigs for new recipes since it’s just the two of us.  I was told not to make them again since they were too good.

      Paule-Marie on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:26 pm Reply
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      The forecast for tomorrow is cooler & rainy (well 29 degrees vs 35) so I will take advantage and make some of our Tally me banana bars – the key ingredient in these delicious and addictive bars is the spiced rum (our locally made one smells just like Christmas). Here’s the recipe, and if you want to make them kid friendly just use vanilla instead.
      Tally me Banana Bar
       
      Ingredients:
      Banana Bread Bars:
      1-1/2 cup sugar
      1 cup sour cream
      1/2 cup butter, softened
      2 eggs
      1-3/4 cups (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
      2 tsp spiced rum
      2 cups all purpose flour
      1 tsp baking soda
      3/4 tsp salt
      1/4 cup chocolate chips
       
      Brown Butter Frosting:
      1/2 cup butter
      4 cup powdered sugar
      1-1/2 tsp spiced rum
      3 tbsp milk
       
      Directions:
      1.  Heat oven to 375F.  Grease a 10×13-inch jelly roll pan.  For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy.  Blend in bananas and spiced rum.  Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute.  
       
      2.  Spread batter evenly into pan.  Sprinkle chocolate chips on the surface.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
       
      3.  Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling.  Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.
       
      4.  Add powdered sugar, spiced rum and milk (1 tbsp at a time).  Whisk together until smooth, it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting.  Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars, the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm.

      Danielle on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:51 pm Reply
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      wow – that stuff is seriously adorable.  LOVE!  yesterday was a rainy, cold day here, so i made these: ttp://mobile.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/12/ultimate-double-chocolate-cookies-recipe.html

      laurel on Apr 16, 2013 @ 4:54 pm Reply
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      So cool!  Hmmm, on an average day I might have chocolate chip cookies in my oven.  Nothing too fancy, but my family loves them!

      Rachel on Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:01 pm Reply
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      I love doing savory things when it is cold or rainy.  If I am using my oven, then it is a casserole or some fresh bread depending on how cold it is.

      Brandy on Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:06 pm Reply
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      I just love the Blod Amsterdam!  So cute!  I was baking bread yesterday. I had always wanted a hand crank bread pail. This past Christmas my daughter found one on E-bay. It is just like the one my grandmother used when I was a child. What wonder memories I have of baking bread, rolls and cinnamon rolls. Thank yoSotheby’s chance to win!

      Leisa Den Beste on Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:11 pm Reply
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      Oops!  Thank you for the chance to win!

      Leisa Den Beste on Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:14 pm Reply
    25. 25

      I spent last Wednesday baking seven different recipes that  I had pinned on Pinterest!   I attended a convention this past weekend and took the whole pile with me to share!  Everyone loved them, I got to try them all, and I didn’t gain 25 pounds in the process!

      Phyllis Quast on Apr 16, 2013 @ 5:15 pm Reply

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