By: Ryan Schlesinger 5/4/15 period 6

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Netherlands Today

The Netherlands has a democratic government. Anyone 18 and older can vote. The Netherlands also has a constitutional monarchy. The queen is Queen Maxima. The prime minister is Mark Rutte. The prime minister is the government leader. The currency us in the Netherlands is the Euro. One Euro is 1.12 dollars in the USD. The Netherlands has an industrial economy. The economy depends on foreign trade due to few natural resources. The Netherlands exports many industrial products. New farming techiniques have helped turn the small amounts of farmland into highly productive ones.


1,700 to 3,000 dollars to fly from O'Hare to an airport in Amsterdam. If you were to stay in Amsterdam a hotel range from almost $200 to almost $1,000! It just depends on how luxorious you want your hotel to be. The Toren costs around $700 for one week. The Toren does have amazing reviews though. This hotel is also right around the corner from th Anne Frank House which is an amazing historical site. The main transportation around the cities are by boat or on a bike. If you're going to the Netherlands for one week, it could cost you around $3,500.

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Dutch Puffed Pancake Recipe


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk, heated 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 pint fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the butter in a large saute pan and place in the oven to melt.

Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the eggs, flour, hot milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt, and blend on medium-high speed until uniform. Cook's Note: If mixing by hand, combine the eggs with the milk until the mixture is light yellow and no longer stringy, about 1 minute. Add the flour, sugar, vanilla, and pinch of salt, and whisk vigorously to remove the lumps, about 30 seconds.

Carefully, remove the hot pan from the oven. The butter should be melted. Swirl the butter around the pan to coat completely, and then pour the remaining butter into the batter and whisk to blend. Pour the batter into the hot pan and return the pan to the oven. Cook the pancake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pancake is puffed in the center, and golden brown along the edges.

While the Dutch baby bakes, in a small bowl combine the fresh blueberries, 1 teaspoon sugar, and lemon zest. Stir to coat, and set aside to marinate.

Using a spatula, remove the entire Dutch baby from the pan and place on a cooling rack for a few minutes to allow the steam to escape without condensing along the bottom and rendering the pancake soggy. Slice the pancake into wedges on a serving platter or cutting board and sprinkle with the confectioners' sugar through a sieve. Serve with the marinated blueberries


The main language in the Netherlands is Dutch. A big holiday in the Netherlands are the Queen's Day(April 30), which is celebrated to honor the former queen, Queen Juliana. Another enormous holiday in the Netherlands is St. Nicholas's Eve (aka St. Nicholas Day) is on December 5 instead of on Christmas. Bikes are also extremely popular and important to Dutch culture. Almost everyone has a bike.


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