“The Boss” | Fat Kids Corner
Written by BroadcastAMS on 26/08/2019
Joe Montagna from local food blog, Fat Kids Corner, hops on a train to visit Banketbakkerij Jan De Groot all the way in Den Bosch and tells Broadcast Amsterdam all about it.
Listen here … (blog post below)
The Fat Kids Corner series also goes out on Broadcast Amsterdam’s radio station during our regular local food slot on Saturday mornings.
Banketbakkerij Jan De Groot, Stationsweg 24, 5211 TW Den Bosch, bosschebollen.nl
Don’t just assume cause I’m an American living in Holland I’m talking about Bruce Springsteen. But I was “Born In The U.S.A” and “My Hometown” had seen some “Glory Days” but I was “Born To Run” towards the “Streets of Philadelphia” while “Dancing in the Dark.”
I’m talking about the “Bossche Bol” from Banketbakkerij Jan De Groot in ‘s-Hertogenbosch also named “Den Bosch.” Pff.. Say that 3x fast! Then, you are Dutch! Echt moeilijk man… !!
It’s a Saturday morning in Amsterdam, It’s cold out, windy, probably some rain, NO sun anywhere in the forecast so I think to myself, “Lekker weer! What a perfect day to get a “Bossche Bol!” I check the train schedule and start my journey. I’ve got about an hour to prepare for my encounter with the “Fabergé Egg of Whipped Cream!”
The M54 metro from Wibautstraat towards Centraal Station shaves about 10 minutes off. 50 minutes left! A two minute walk, I board the Intercity 851 towards Maastricht on Platform 4B. The train is busy, people scurrying to find a place to sit. I get lucky and grab a window seat, take out my notebook and begin to write. 48 minutes and counting. My own personal mini movie plays just outside my window. Beautiful Amsterdam city to farmland within minutes. A mini forest, another small city, back to country canals to mini forests, back to farmland. Mooi!
I snap out of my day dream by hearing “Het Volgende Station is Utrecht Centraal” or “The Next Station is Utrecht Central…” About 30 minutes more. Snelheid: honderd achtien km/uur or 73 mph doesn’t seem fast enough but finally we arrive, Den Bosch!
A 5 minute walk from the station stands the Jan De Groot Banketbakkerij. 18 years in business, 40 people waiting on line outside and an average of 10,000 Bossche Bollen sold each Saturday I make my way in. Yes, I said 10,000 BOSSCHE BOLLEN on average each SATURDAY, alone! Chew on that for a while… Uh, OK!
They have beautiful food, soups to sandwiches however I’m here specifically for one thing and one thing only, the “Bossche Bol.” About the size of an overweight tennis ball, they serve me up one quickly after I sit down. I laugh when it arrives because I’m handed tiny utensils to eat this thing with. “One small bite for man, one giant leap for man’s stomach,” I am sent to the moon with that first bite! When I sink my teeth in, I get an explosion of “Slagroom” aka Whipped Cream.
“How do they get so much Whipped Cream inside?” I think to myself as my eyes roll back into my head. It’s fresh, fluffy and FULL. The pastry, light and airy. Flakey, but not like a friend who cancels on you last minute. Oh and the chocolate shell, so subtle, soft not over sweet.. a perfect mix of powdered sugar, vanilla and cocoa powder.
This thing is “The Boss” and it’s in charge of my taste buds asking me to work overtime today. I have one, then two, then a third. Yes I know, this is not normal but I can’t stop! Despite the struggle with my inner Fat Kid and almost biting my hand off, I push myself away from the table, pay and walk slowly back to the train station feeling like a human Bossche Bol.
Whether it’s with coffee, after dinner, for breakfast as a gift or after an hour long train ride, it doesn’t matter. The “Bossche Bol” from Jan De Groot Banketbakkerij in ‘s-Hertogenbosch or, “Den Bosch.” is “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.”