As a lover of all things food, I own a lot of cookbooks. And by a lot, I mean really a lot. They range from Jamie Oliver, to Nigella Lawson. From small IKEA cookbooks, to big pricey ones.
Two of my favourites are actually getting pretty old, dating back to the 50’s. Both of them are in Dutch, and are books that have had several editions since they first came out in 1911. Reading them takes you back in time, when electric ovens were just being introduced, when the aftermath of WWII was still evident in the availability of products. A particular passage in the book about this struck me quite hard, as you sometimes forget that after the war everything did not go back to normal in a split second. The recipes in the book were therefore adapted to the availability of products, but ,as the writer stated, some of the products will still seem luxurious.
Another thing which is interesting is that these cookbooks never ever mention a man cooking. The fact that they even address a woman, or specifically a housewife, clearly dates the books to another decennium. Now, we find this absolutely intolerable, but back then it really was just the women who cooked and baked. One of the books is made by the Amsterdamse Huishoudschool, which was basically a school for women to learn how to run a household, or how to become a maid.
For those interested, the books are:
- C.J. Wannée – Kookboek van De Amsterdamse Huishoudschool
- Elektro Kookboek
Anyways, these books are like treasures to me as they contain recipes for all kinds of typically Dutch dishes. Especially recipes for baked goods that I never knew or thought that you could actually make yourself, as it is so normal to buy them in the supermarket. To bring back these “lost” recipes, I want to introduce them to you guys!
First up, Ontbijtkoek. If you translate Ontbijtkoek to English, it literally means Breakfastcake. However, it’s not specifically a breakfast dish, as with most things you can eat it whenever you want. With tea, as a snack, as dessert.The spices used in the cake are common in Dutch baked goods. Especially ground cloves, which originates from Indonesia, is something that we use in almost every cookie, and cake. I always find that it has a kind of autumnal taste. Adding honey to the mix, makes for a sticky and firm cake.
This time I made two Ontbijtkoeken, a basic one, and one with chocolate chips. They are both equally delicious, but the chocolate is more like an afternoon tea dish, while the basic one can be used as a quick snack throughout the day. The recipe below is for the basic loaf, so you can add any chocolate chips or nuts or raisins to your own imagination.
Best thing is to eat Ontbijtkoek with a bit of butter on it. I’m literally drooling just by the thought of it. I’m going to quickly go downstairs and eat my breakfast with some Breakfastcake!
Gives 1 loaf Ingredients Used kitchen appliances Preparation
Gives 1 loaf
Used kitchen appliances