Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Recipe: Boterkoek - Dutch Butter Cake

My mother and most of her brothers and sisters were born in the Netherlands.  Although I have never been, I feel a strong connection with my Dutch lineage.  

My mother's family still speaks Dutch on a regular basis, and many of them are still in touch with relatives in the mother-country.  
And of course, they still wear wooden shoes at home, much as you and I would wear a comfy pair of Crocs.  

Though my Oma and Opa have long ago made their journey to heaven, I still have fond memories of visits to their farm. The sheep, ponies and schnauzer puppies kept us happy and busy until it was time to come inside for the yummiest of home-cooked meals.  

And every meal, whether it was Dutch meatball soup or rabbit and mashed potatoes with onion gravy,  ended with some kind of Dutch-style sweet treat. 

Are you familiar with almond windmill cookies?

I still buy them for my kids --even though they call them "helicopter" cookies!

Now if Oma had time to bake before our arrival she would often have a batch of  home-made almond cookies ready for us.  My father ADORED them- I am sure she only baked them for him!!

These days, every so often, when I think of Oma and Opa, I get the need for homemade almond cookies.

And this is what I always make:

Boterkoek - Dutch Butter Cake


1 cup cold butter
2 cups flour
3/4 cups white sugar
Dash of salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract   
1/2 cup sliced almonds

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  
2.  In a medium bowl, cream the butter, sugar and almond extract until light and fluffy.

3. Remove one teaspoon of the beaten egg and set aside.

4.  Pour the rest of the egg into the mixture, and stir well. Add the flour and baking powder, and mix until you have a smooth dough.

5.  Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pie plate, and pat down with the back of a spoon until smooth (you might find it easier to use clean hands to smooth the mixture).

6.  Mix the teaspoon of egg with a teaspoon of water, and brush on top of the boterkoek. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds, and bake for 25-30 minutes until just golden and firm to the touch.

On this particular day, my 3 kids and I enjoyed our slices of boterkoek with some milky tea.  It was absolutely scrumptious!!

I'd love to hear of you tried my recipe out in your own home.  I promise - you won't be disappointed!!

Before I sign off, I wanted to show you a bouquet of flowers I put together for my mother-in-law.  I was so proud to be able to say that EVERYTHING came out of my own garden - tulips, lilacs and crab-apple blossoms.  

When we moved into this newly-built home 5 years ago, one of my main goals was to plant and keep a garden that would give me plenty of blossoms every year for "bouquet enjoyment."
  Finally I am at that point. 
 I am SO looking forward to all the other flowers that bloom throughout the growing season and I am sure I will share them all here!

Hugs to you and yours!!



  1. I have the same connection to my dutch heritage. I am half dutch on my fathers side, and have many random dutch words and phrases sprinkled throughout my vocabulary that I am happily passing on to my children :) My Oma also made Boterkoek for us almost every time she visited, but her recipe is different. Still, I am sure the memories are very similar :)

  2. I have Dutch way back (some ancestors emigrated to New Amsterdam back in the 1600s), but am more in love with all things Dutch as I lived in the Netherlands for a year as an exchange student when I was a teenager. I am happy to have the recipe and will make it as soon as it cools down. Thanks.

  3. Oh, I forgot to say that your bouquet is gorgeous and your blue-and-white plate is perfect for the boterkoek.

  4. What a nice story about your grandparents Bronwyn! I have never tried a Dutch cake before, but it looks delicious! I will have to try this recipe! And you bouquet is stunning! Awesome job on your garden girl! Have a lovely weekend! Angie xo

  5. It's lovely how traditions continue through the generations. I love your bouquet from your garden. Well done!! Chelx

  6. Lovely to hear more about your roots and those windmill biscuits are so cute. The flowers are stunning and look so lovely together ... Sarah x

  7. Your cake looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe! And love your cute tea set :) Happy Friday xo Holly

  8. Oh, that cake looks so yummy! I bet it's perfect with a cup of tea! I'm pinning! And you should be proud of those flowers - so beautiful!

  9. That cake looks delicious, thank you for sharing your recipe. And what beautiful flowers from your garden. x

  10. Your cake sounds delicious. I'm definitely giving it a try soon. I'd love if you'd come and share it at Inspire Us Thursday


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