Local Heart, Global Soul

June 5, 2014

Punselie’s : The Factory Tour Takes The Biscuit…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Continuing my yesterdays post about our visit to the Dutch town of Gouda and a visit to an old established biscuit (cookie) factory: Punselie’s.

During the Dutch language tour and from their (Dutch language) website we learn all about the history of the company:

The Punselie’s were a family of bakers arrived in Netherlands around 1643 from Switzerland. In 1872 they started a bakery in Gouda .

Grandpa John quickly specialized in various types of biscuits : “Gouda plaid”, ” sprits Gouda” , “Gouda mop” , and ” Gouda Jan Hagel” to name just a few.

In 1945, son Bertus created ” the replacement of the Gouda stroopwafel ” . Allegedly this was necessary because the sexton of St. John’s Church had been told that there is no cash in hand to provide a treat for the choir. Bertus stuck two “Gouda squares” ( a plain biscuit) together with a syrup caramel filling of between them and the “Punselie” was born .Later, the bakery began to concentrate on the production of the Punselie cookie and stopped making the other types . They invented the first plastic tray and wrapped their cookies with the first Dutch packaging . When Bertus retired his two sons took over the company .

At present the company produce 40,000 biscuits per hour with the factory under the guidance of grandson, Ronald Punselie.

From the tour parties youngest to oldest, we all don attractive white coats and hair nets (fashion statements, Not!)  and get a guided tour of the factory and an insight into how the biscuits are made. We end up in the shop/café where a cup of tea or coffee is included in the tour price and of course, their signature biscuits to go with it!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Proving the various batches of dough…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One end of the oven… it runs almost the whole length of the building…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Looking back.. yes, this is ALL oven…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Canisters of the finished product…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The biscuits before they are filled with their syrupy caramel filling…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Old style transport…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Getting ready for new style transport…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://punselie.nl/

June 4, 2014

Someone’s Cooking Up A Cookie In The Neighbourhood…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

As a couple,  Himself and I agreed when we first met and married that we preferred to live a simple day to day life at home, save money every month into a bank account just for travel and try and tick off as many destinations on our long travels lists as we could possibly manage.

We scour the internet for cheap flights and accommodation and then try and fit in a wish list of activities depending on the time we have, the budget we have made,  ages and needs of our children etc.

As I have mentioned some time back in this blog, this often results in trips to Schipol airport to take advantage of cheap flights and internet deals, but  it can leave us less well travelled within the confines of our own country: The Netherlands.

We decided to make a separate travel fund several years ago to address this, these are savings for family day trips  and activities around the country. This is an archive post from early autumn 2013 when Family Kiwidutch and some friends had the opportunity to see around one of the countries older biscuit (cookie) making factories: Punselie’s in Gouda. We’d seen a tour advertised and signed up, and found ourselves early on an overcast Saturday morning  in the narrow streets fairly near the centre of the city.

Situated near the heart of Gouda, it’s not at all apparent that there is a factory here at all: like many small businesses, this one started from home, but quite unlike others, this one had stayed there: they just expanded into several of  the homes next door! Since the original façades of the neighbouring houses are almost all still intact, the casual pedestrian walking these streets might have no clue that the factory even exists, other than the faint aroma of baking biscuits in the air on working week days!

In these photographs we make our way around Gouda… off to find a biscuit factory!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When we find the factory I get distracted by a school over the road… it might be weekend but there are some “residents” attending class…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

…All lined up outside the classrooms, roll call anyone?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sit still class….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The new part of the factory…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The older part…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://punselie.nl/

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