This weekend ended up being a lazy one – Saturday night and I had nothing to do (or nothing I wanted to) so I decided to take on some ambitious Sunday breakfast prep. I was looking for a recipe to use up the rest of my rye flour, and I stumbled upon this delicious looking Dutch recipe, Ontbijtkoek. Typically eaten at breakfast, it’s a fairly heavily spiced, lightly sweetened quick bread that means “breakfast cake”. It’s natural accompaniment is a nice slather of butter, as the bread is fat free.
The recipe is from The Dutch Table, which is a great blog all about Dutch cuisine! You should check it out if you love speculoos/cookie butter or are curious about cooking from other countries.
Ontbijtkoek (Breakfast cake/bread)
1 cup Rye flour
1 cup All purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (I used medium)
1/2 cup dark molasses (I used blackstrap)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients, then add the wet into a smooth batter. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 60 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and slice once cooled (I waited until the next morning). Serve warm or toasted with a pat of butter. I enjoyed it plain, too.
Keep in mind this bread will make your house smell AMAZING, so it’s great for fall!
On Rye flour: Yes, this is a necessary for this bread, it gives a nice wholesome, nutty flavor. I had an old bag lying around with just enough. Actually, I hate working with rye flour, but this recipe made me reconsider. I’ve tried adding it to yeasted breads, but they always become hard as rock if I use any at all. With this recipe, leavened with baking powder rather than the more finicky yeast, I felt the bread was not rock-like at all, and is pleasingly dense.
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