If it has subtitles and looks interesting, I’ll watch it! Last summer, I’ve fallen in love with the Dutch Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (Good times, bad times). I discovered it on youtube and I love the Dutch language. Apparently everyone says it’s a weird language, but I love it!
So, in this show, the characters mention two foods a lot: bitterballen and vla. I was like what the heck is blah? That’s how it’s pronounced by the way. Well it’s hard to describe, it’s like a custard pudding…almost like Flan or Creme brûlée. And its sooo good!
I’ve never had it until I made it myself and I’ve never seen it done so I had to do some researching. There were several versions of how to make vla (because you can put whatever you want in it). So here’s my version: hopjesvla (coffee vla).
1 cup of sugar
2 cups milk
1-2 cups of milk
Coffee to taste (you can put as much as you want)
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1. In a bowl, mix cornstarch with 2 cups of milk. Then add coffee.
2. In another bowl, beat the eggs.
3. Mix the eggs with the coffee cornstarch mixture.
4. In a saucepan or pot, heat the sugar on low to medium heat. Watch it carefully as it can burn quickly. Wait until it lightly caramelizes, right before it burns.
5. CAREFULLY ( I’ve burned myself soooo many times with this) add the cornstarch/coffee/egg mix. Don’t freak out, the caramelize sugar will turn into solid the second you pour the liquid mixture. So stir carefully until the hardened caramel melts again.
6. Keep stirring until the hard caramelized sugar melts and the mixture should start to thicken.
7. Keep stirring on low to medium heat for about five minutes or until the consistency is really thick. At this point you should hear “gloops” coming from the vla. Cook and stir for another three minutes.
8. Then pour the vla in a bowl. Then, slowly pour a very small amount of milk on the vla and stir with a spoon or fork. Stir until the milk is blended in with the vla. Wait a couple of minutes. Then repeat. Wait a few minutes. Then repeat. This will help create a somewhat pudding yet thick consistency. If you want a harder, thicker vla only do this for about two times. If you want a somewhat runny, softer vla, continue to slowly add small amounts of milk until you get the consistency that you want.
9. Put in the fridge and serve chilled! Enjoy! 🙂