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I did it, I did it!!

I finally got it right!

I’ve been trying to make my own ‘ontbijtkoek’ for a while now. Ontbijtkoek is a dutch kind of spice cake and it’s hard to get a good one outside of the Netherlands. So I figured I’d make it myself. First time I made it, it was very very delicious. However, when I made it again, it was so hard I could have hit someone with it and do some serious damage… I guessed I misread the quantity of milk I needed to use (I have a tendency to misread quantities, no matter how hard I try not to… :mrgreen: ), but the question remained…how much did I use and what else did I misread?
Now, after about half a dozen attempts I finally got it just the way I wanted it! I ended up mixing several recipes, amending quantities to my own preferences. The only thing I kept from the original recipe, is the spice mix…I still don’t understand how that recipe got me such a lovely cake the first time…

Ontbijtkoek For those who’d like to try my version of ontbijtkoek, this is how it’s done:

Preheat the oven to 160°C.
Mix together:
• 250 gr flour
• 100 gr dark brown caster sugar
• 4 tsp baking powder
• pinch of salt
• 100 gr honey
• 2 tsp ginger
• 4 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp / 4 ground cloves
• ½ tsp ground black pepper
• ½ tsp nutmeg powder
• 100 gr melted butter
• 200 ml milk

The batter should be soft enough to pour, but still thick enough to put up a little ‘resistance’.
Pour the batter into a greased cake tin.
Cooking time: ca. 60 min
When ready, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for a while. Once the cake is cool enough to handle, remove from the tin and leave to cool completely.

I used a small cake tin (ca 1 liter), so if you want to make a bigger cake, you’ll have to adjust the quantities and the cooking time. Ontbijtkoek is always quite dens, if you like the flavour, but want a lighter cake, try adding more milk. You may want to add a little more of the spices too.

Enjoy!

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