Dutch bakeries are a real treat

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Carien Hoogwater writes, I’m visiting my family in the Netherlands, a small country in Europe (close to Germany, Belgium and the UK).

I’m visiting my family in the Netherlands, a small country in Europe (close to Germany, Belgium and the UK). I lived there until I was four, and then I moved to Colorado. There is a lot of good food in the Netherlands.In The Netherlands, there are many bakeries. A few examples are:De Nieuwe Bakker (The New Baker), (factory) De Appelbollen Bakkerij (The Appleball Bakery), De Echte Bakker (The Real Baker). There is a bakery in most neighborhoods.There are also bakery museums. There you can see the baking house, which is a room behind the bakery where the baker makes bread. Since usually you can’t see the bakers because he/she is in the baking house, sometimes you can see them in bakery museums.Usually, you bike or walk to the baker before eating breakfast. Because of this, the bakeries open very early, and the baker has to wake up early to bake bread and pastries. There is Dutch apple pie (appeltaart), about twenty types of bread, croissants, and raisin buns (krenten bollen).In most bakeries, there is a sales woman behind the counter who slices the bread for you and takes your payment. Sometimes one of these women is the baker’s wife. The bread is on shelves, and she takes the bread and slices it for you. You can get a whole or a half bread.If you want to take a look and don’t have any travel plans, you can find some very real pictures on the Internet. Search in Google images for “bakkerij”, “appeltaart”, “appelbol” and “krentenbollen”. Enjoy!