10 Dutch Homemade Bread, Cake and Pastry Recipes

Delicious Dutch teatime treats to bake today.

The Netherlands is perhaps best known for its cheese, but it's butter should be equally famous, and where there is good butter, great baking can't be far behind. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for Dutch teatime treats.

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    Classic Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

    Classic Dutch Apple Pie. Photo © Sara Winter

    That most classic of Dutch delicacies, the appeltaart, gets a spicy lift thanks to speculaas spices (yes, we're obsessed with this aromatic spice). But, if you prefer it the traditional way, simply use cinnamon instead.

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    Freshly baked Hartog's bread. Photo © Hartog's Bakkerij.

    This traditional whole wheat bread recipe comes from Hartog's, an artisanal bakery in Amsterdam that specializes in whole wheat bread. Its almost cult-like status means that people will sometimes line up around the block in the pouring rain to get their eager mitts on one of these wholesome creations. 

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    Frisian sugar bread. Photo © Renee Mesman

    This twist on the Frisian classic sûkerbôle uses candied ginger and chili powder, but purists may simply leave these ingredients out, replacing the ginger syrup with regular sugar syrup.

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    Bossche Bollen. Photo © Rene Mesman

    Imagine a supersized profiterole, dunked in glossy dark chocolate and served up for your sticky-fingered enjoyment. These traditional tennis ball-sized cream-filled pastries have been made in Den Bosch, where they're known as sjekladebollen ("chocolate balls") for at least a century. 

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    Hazelnut Meringue Cream Cake. Photo © Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

     You'll find a version of this naturally gluten-free cake at every traditional Dutch bakery - they come in round, square or rectangular shapes. With layers of hazelnut-coffee cream (or mocha-flavored butter cream) sandwiched between crisp-chewy discs of hazelnut meringue, it's a beloved tradition for a reason. 

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    Freshly prepared spekkoek. Photo &copy Kosmos

    A delicious legacy of the former Dutch East Indies, traditional spekkoek, a layered spiced cake, is an extremely harmonious blend of Eastern and Western traditions. 

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    Duivekater. Photo © Kosmos Uitgevers

    Duivekater is a traditional sweet white bread from the Zaanstreek area in the North Holland province. While the bread takes center stage in Dutch Master Jan Steen's famous ''Feast of Saint Nicholas'' it has become somewhat of a forgotten delicacy, but is certainly worth rediscovering.

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    Gemberbolussen. Photo © Kosmos

    This ginger-spiked pastry is a typical Jewish-Amsterdam delicacy, but while they were once readily available at kosher bakeries in the city very few such bakeries remain, which means that the gemberbolus is now only produced in very small quantities. What better reason to make them at home?

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    Chocoladestol. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    This yummy fruited bread with raisins, currants and brandy and a soft almond paste center flirts with tradition, but the addition of dark chocolate chips lift and deepen the flavors, for an updated breakfast treat.

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    Banketstaaf. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    With its flaky puff pastry shell and squidgy center of almond paste, our homemade version of the classic Dutch banketstaaf is a delicious addition to your Easter or Christmas holiday table.

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