“Take out the Vlaai”. This is a Dutch saying that means “gather together around the table, drink a cup of coffee, eat cake and have a cosy afternoon”. The pie contains a very flat dough made of yeast and a filling of fresh fruit. Apples, plums, apricots, pears and even vanilla pudding are all possible fillings. You should eat the pie as fresh as possible.The origin of the “Vlaai” takes us back to the German tribes. They made big flat breads and spread fresh honey or fruit juice on them. These breads were called “Vladel”. Thanks to Maria Hubertina Hendrix with her “Weerter Vlaaitjes”, the pie is now very famous in Dutch and Flemish Limburg. Maria sold her little pies at a railway station in a small Dutch Village called Weert. Travellers took her little desserts with them on the train and the Vlaai became famous.It’s not difficult to understand why this pie is so popular. You don’t need a lot of ingredients, it’s not a lot of work and you can find the filling in your own garden. If you have an apple tree, of course….
Knead all the ingredients until you have a smooth and elastic dough.Let the dough rise for 30 minutes.Knead again and let it rise for 10 minutes.Roll out and put it in a mould.Slice the plums and put them on the dough.Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the cake.Put the cake in an oven at 200°C.