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A cherry vlaai
Place of origin Netherlands  Belgium  Germany
Region or stateLimburg
Main ingredientsYeast dough, fruits, berries
A type of vlaai known as laddervlaai, rastervlaai or linzenvlaai.

Vlaai, also known as Limburgse vlaai,[1] is a pie or tart consisting of a pastry and filling, traditionally associated with the provinces of Limburg found both in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the parts of Germany across the border.

Variations exist throughout the Netherlands, Belgium and areas of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia near to the border with the Netherlands. Vlaai is usually 26—31 centimetres in diameter.[2] It is available in many different varieties of fruit fillings, such as cherry, apricot, strawberries, and plums.[3] Other variations are a crumbled butter and sugar mix ("greumellevlaai" in Limburgish, or "kruimelvlaai" in Dutch) and a cooked rice and custard porridge ("rijstevlaai").

Vlaai is often eaten on special occasions and significant life events, particularly in the Dutch province of Limburg, such as birthdays[4] and funerals. When eaten on the occasion of a funeral, the vlaai is typically made with black plum ("Zwarte pruimenvlaai").[5][6]


  1. ^ Koene, A. Food Shopper's Guide to Holland: A Comprehensive Review of the Finest Local and International Food Products in the Dutch Marketplace (2006). Eburon Uitgeverij B.V. p. 138. ISBN 90-5972-092-X. Google Books. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Simoen, Ray (2019-08-13). "Wedstrijd! Wie bakt de lekkerste appelvlaai van Limburg?". De Limburger (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  3. ^ Hoogendoorn, H. and B. Kristel. Dutch (2004). trans. by S. Brouwer. Boeken & Gidsen. p. 88. ISBN 90-18-01786-8. Google Books. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ Learning, I.L.; com, D.P. Learn Dutch - Level 3: Beginner: Volume 1: Lessons 1-25. Innovative Language Series - Learn Dutch from Absolute Beginner to Advanced (in French). Innovative Language Learning. p. 40. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  5. ^ "Eten-na-de-dood". Food Inspiration Magazine (in Dutch). 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  6. ^ "Vlaai: Limburg's finest". InLimburg - English. 2020-02-27. Retrieved 2020-09-09.