Winkel 43. Winkel 43. Winkel 43. Remember the name because it’s where you’ll find THE BEST APPLE PIE YOU’LL EVER EAT! Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, yes. I’ll rephrase that, prepare yourself to learn about the best apple pie I’ve ever eaten.
I’d heard multiple rave reviews about the apple pie at Winkel 43, so when in Amsterdam, I of course made sure to visit and find out for myself. I walked to Winkel 43 for breakfast one morning. My goal was to be there for 10am because I wanted to secure a slice without waiting for a table. Also, I was on holiday which meant that the rules governing normal food consumption didn’t apply. Apple pie is totally an acceptable holiday breakfast!
When I arrived, I chose a table and didn’t waste any time ordering this sought-after pie.
Waiter: Hi, can I get you something to drink?
Me: Sure. Actually, I know what I want to order already.
Waiter: What can I get you?
Me: A cappuccino and a slice of apple pie, please.
Waiter: With cream?
I was pretty damn excited to get this apple pie, I’ll admit. The Dutch are well-known for their apple pies and here I was, finally ordering it from the source! So how was the pie? ABSOLUTELY AND UNDENIABLY INCREDIBLE! I’m not even exaggerating when I say that it’s one of the best things I’ve eaten in the last year. Yes, it was that good.
You might be thinking, “What makes this pie so great?”. Well, I’m here to answer that question.
Firstly, the portion of the pie and the quantity of the cream are generous. You might initially be tempted to share a slice of pie (because at first glance, it’s fairly large), but after taking your first bite, you’ll instantly regret the decision to share. This pie is so good that I can just about guarantee you’ll want a whole piece to yourself! And there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Nothing at all.
Secondly, the cream is the perfect topping: light, fluffy, and fresh. It’s not particularly sweet so it doesn’t challenge the flavours of the apples and the pie crust. You’ll definitely want to add a small dollop of cream to your bites of pie for the full Winkel 43 experience. Don’t skip it!
Thirdly, the cakey crumb in the filling is soft and moist. It’s woven into the apple chunks and consequently takes on a fruity spiced flavour. The crunchy and buttery pie crust also pairs brilliantly with the cream. The crust isn’t dry nor is it too hard. It holds the pie together really well and contrasts the soft filling with its slightly brittle texture. This pie is all about balance.
Finally, the apple filling is a masterpiece. The apples are softly stewed, flavourful, and the taste of cinnamon shines through. Raisins also make an appearance in the filling so if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like raisins in things, get over yourself and just eat this damn pie! Moreover, the ratio of apple chunks to cakey crumb is equal, so you don’t get too much crumb nor too much apple. Instead, you’ll enjoy a balance of the two flavours and textures.
All of these factors come together to create a remarkable dessert. When settling my bill, I learned that Winkel 43 can go through up to 100 whole apple pies in a day! Totally understandable – the pie is marvellous after all!
Writing this article makes me wish I could teleport to Winkel 43 to experience their magnificent pie all over again. It’s easily the best apple pie I’ve ever had! I felt both accomplished and sad when I finished the slice… delighted to have tasted the pie, but doubtful that anything could ever compare to it. That, my friends, is how you know you’ve had a milestone food encounter.
So to sum up the key points about the apple pie at Winkel 43: enjoy a whole slice to yourself, say “Yes” to the cream, and savour every bite. You’ll leave Amsterdam a changed person.