If you have come to live in the Netherlands, are still getting settled in and finding your way around, don’t yet speak any Dutch, finding your way around the supermarket can be a little daunting.
I’m featuring this particular ingredient today, not because it’s particularly difficult to find, but because it comes in a form that many non-Dutch might not instantly recognise.
Baking Powder, for me, always came in a small plastic container or a cardboard box, in my Grandma’s day it came in a round metal container.
Either way, the container contained more than 200grams (8oz) of baking powder and if my Gran’s metal container way anything to go by, more like 400-500 grams.
Here in the Netherlands, Baking Powder is called “Backin” and comes in little sachets, and you get a set of 5 little sachets per packet.
I’m a foodie, and a baker, so I tend to buy several packages of these and just tip them into my plastic container to top it up when I need to.
The environmentally friendly gal in me riles at the amount of packaging needed for so little baking powder, but on the other hand I also acknowledge that if you don’t bake much then there is less wastage and the baking power is more likely to be fresh… big packages or small ones: what’s best? hmmm I’m still sitting on the fence on that one.
So, if you are wanting to find Baking Powder in the Netherlands, then hopefully this will make your supermarket shopping trip a little less stressful… and you’ve already learned a new Dutch word! “Backin!”
I’ve been asked what I was baking … no problem to show you: here’s a photo, it’s now my One-and-Only favourite Chocolate cake recipe. The occasion? Mr Four turning Five years old and these are for his Class Party.
The little sugar figures were bought at the supermarket, but I made the cupcakes and the icing (frosting). I will be posting a step-by-step tutorial for the recipe in the near future.