The street market at Albert Cuyp, Amsterdams largest open air market has many really cool finds: fish, vegetables, fabrics, clothing, antiques and Dutch and ethnic street food (my favorite!!). This is the first time I've had proferrtjes; puffy little pancakes served piping hot off the griddle. The vendor Andre makes them at lightening speed, pouring the batter into little (perfectly seasoned) cast-iron divets, turning them then picking them up with a fork eight at at time. Awaiting the hot little heaven-cakes is a large slab of Dutch butter. As Andre says, "you think we have amazing cheese? The butter is just as good." Yikes, that's all my butter-loving mom, Rose, needed to hear.
A little powdered sugar and you are good to go. When I asked if we could get a few less in our order, andre promised he'd return our money if we didn't eat the whole thing. Now there is a confident cook! We helplessly ate them all, natch!