There are so many great things to discover in The Hague. Sometimes it takes me a while to get to a place that I’ve heard others talking about. Once I’m there, I always wonder why I didn’t visit earlier.
Appeltje Eitje is one of those places. Located in the trendy Zeeheldenkwartier it’s a cafe with that rare combination of a cozy atmosphere, great food and a decent play area for the little ones. In the summer, there’s also an outdoor terrace. Its name is a Dutch expression which roughly translates to English as “easy peasy” and the name is well deserved. Lunching here with kids is a pleasure.
Let’s start with the food. On the day we were there, Luke and I feasted on pumpkin and feta soup…
…and a cheese and tomato tosti.
Between bites of sandwich, Luke kept himself very busy in the play corner. There’s also a changing mat nearby if your little one is still in diapers.
Meanwhile, I was dreaming of their appeltaart. I’d heard that it was one of the best in Den Haag. Unfortunately, the appeltaart wasn’t quite out of the oven when we were there. Instead I had to settle for reading the recipe on the wall…
Would you like the recipe? Here’s the English translation:
The most delicious appeltaart in the whooooooole world!
-About 2kg goudreinetten apples (Belle de Boskop is the English name for this variety)
-310g brown sugar
-50g caster sugar
-550g self-rising flour
-2 handfuls raisins
-10kg of love
Melt the butter and mix it with the flour, egg, 200g brown sugar and the caster sugar until crumbly. Grease a springform pan and put 2/3 of the dough in the pan. Peel, core and chop the apples. Mix the apples with the rest of the brown sugar, the cinnamon and the raisins. Put in the springform pan and press down firmly. Sprinkle over the rest of the dough, along with all of your love. Let the appeltaart bake for about 1 hour at 175ºC. Easy peasy!
Where to find it: Prins Hendrikstraat 69, 2518HL, The Hague. If coming by public transport, trams 3 and 17 run nearby.
P.S. – Here’s a printable version of the Appeltje Eitje appeltaart!