Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A taste of childhood- Dutch spice cake

There is a moment when sense memory takes over- when that smell/taste/touch grabs you by the gut and without warning yanks you right back to a place of comfort, happiness and utter joy. Today I found a dead-set portal to my own childhood bliss... Dutch spice cake- Ontbijtkoek. 

I can't believe that I haven't baked this sooner- as my eyes mist over with reverie. I might be just a little Australian, but I have my heritage!! 
I searched high and low on the internet, until a comparison of a number of recipes showed me that this seems to be the one repeated most often with little variation- thank god it was right!

2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar (darkest is best)
1/3 cup molasses
1 cup milk
1 tsp each cloves, cinnamon and ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg 
1 pinch of salt
Note: Fresh ground spices are always best and makes a huge difference to a cake that relies on spices- particularly with nutmeg.

Mix all the ingredients into a smooth batter. Butter an oblong cake tin and pour in mixture. Bake at 170 degC (or a slow oven) for 1 hour. Remove and cool on a wire rack. 
Keep in the bread tin for 24 hours before serving- it will stay moist and it helps with the chewy texture... but today I could not help myself, and served hot with butter dripping off it, well it's just divine. 
It swept me right back to my Oma's house when I was 5 years old and waiting for the grown ups to pour their coffee so that we could attack the cake... sigh! 
Test done- this I will be taking as my heritage treat to the All Nations Picnic!! 
(see April 11 post for more All Nations info)


Katherine said...

seriously this looks amazing Jane! wanna swing by here on your way to All Nations & drop some off?!! ha ha!! YUM!! xx

Anonymous said...

I too remember & am searching for the cake ......... Oh by the way that's literally "breakfast cake"
Keep up the great work
The hum bug.