Bakery for VLAAI: Bisschopsmolen-Maastricht
For lovers of artisanal goods is the visit to Bakery for VLAAI: Bisschopsmolen-Maastricht a must. In other words, after entering the bakery, you can see and smell the freshly backed bread and pastries in Maastricht.
The VLAAI – a local pastry speciality
Limburgse vlaai is a pastry consisting of dough and a filling, traditionally associated with the provinces of Limburg found both in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Variations exist throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and areas of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia near the border with the Netherlands. A vlaai is usually 26—31 centimeters in diameter.It is available in many different varieties of fruit fillings, such as cherry, apricot, strawberry, and plum. Other variations are a crumbled butter and sugar mix (“greumellevlaai” in Limburgish, or “kruimelvlaai” in Dutch) and a cooked rice and custard porridge (“rijstevlaai”).
Vlaai is often eaten on special occasions and for significant life events, particularly in the Dutch province of Limburg, such as birthdays and funerals. When eaten on the occasion of a funeral, the vlaai is typically made with black plum (“Zwarte pruimenvlaai”)
History of VLAAI
There is little known about the history of vlaaien that can be said for sure, except that they’re not a purely Limburgish pastry.
One of the oldest mentions of vlaaien dates from the 12th century in Belgium. During the siege by duke Godfried III van Leuven the inhabitants of the city offered him a vlaai that was baked following old local recipes. According to a mention from abbot Nicolaas in the chronicle from the abbey of Sint-Truiden, the duke stopped the siege soon after.
Until the mid-20th century the vlaai was considered a luxury item in Limburg that would only be eaten during celebrations. In the countryside they were almost always baked by the people themselves, usually in traditional bakehouses. The vlaaien would be served around four in the afternoon during the coffee break, with usually two or three different slices per person. Because of the growing economic prosperity after the second World War, people started eating them more often.
The vlaaien began to be more widely known outside of Limburg during the late 19th century. mostly because of growing tourism in Limburg. Many tourists took a vlaai back home from local bakery. In 1986 the first vlaaien shop opened in Amsterdam. The selling of vlaaien by several supermarket chains also helped in popularizing the pastry. Maria Hubertina Hendrix, also known as ‘Antje van de Stasie’, also helped spread the popularity outside of Limburg. In the early 20th century she sold her ‘Weerter vlaaitjes’ at the train station in Weert. This caused the pastry to become well known by travelers from all over the Netherlands. After a while the Weerter vlaaien were also sold in Nijmegen.
Easy to reach
The bakery Bisschopsmolen-Maastricht is located in the old part of Maastricht near Onze Lieve Vrouweplein.
You arrive to the Bakery for VLAAI: Bisschopsmolen-Maastricht within 15 minutes, by walking from Bourgogne Suite Maastricht
Tuesday until Saturday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Sunday 11.00am – 17.00pm
6211 HP Maastricht, The Netherlands