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Spritsen

These delicious buttery cookies are called  ‘Sprits koekjes‘ or ‘Spritz cookies’. A Dutch cookie that people have been making and eating since the 16th century (according to Wikipedia). You use a piping bag to pipe the cookies on to the baking sheet. You can pipe them in any shape, like I did today. I made some Christmas trees because it’s December. The cookies are super tasty and easy to make. Perfect cookie to go with your tea or coffee.

Spritsen

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Ingredients

  • 250 gram butter, room temperature
  • 150 gram sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 300 gram all purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200 gram chocolate for decoration (optional)

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius

2

Beat the butter and sugar light and fluffy (a few minutes)

3

Add the vanilla extract and the egg and mix till a smooth batter

4

Add flour and salt and mix until combined and you don't see any white streaks of flour.

5

Scoop the batter in a piping bag and pipe any shape cookie you want (google 'spritsen' to see the most common sprits shape) on baking sheet lined with baking paper.

6

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

7

Leave the 'spritsen' on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cook completely.

8

Melt the chocolate in a bowl above hot water and dip the cookies in to the chocolate.

9

Let cool/harden on some baking paper.

Cookies & Biscuits/ Dutch Recipes

Kletskoppen

Macadamia Lace Cookies or ‘Kletskoppen‘ are popular cookies in the Netherlands. They go perfect with your cup of tea or coffee but also with some ice cream. It’s a delicious crispy and sweet cookie. Usually made with almonds or peanuts but today I made them with macadamia nuts.

Kletskoppen

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Ingredients

  • 60 gram butter
  • 150 gram brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 60 gram flour
  • 60 gram macadamia nuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

2

Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat.

3

In a small bowl add the flour, salt and cinnamon and mix well

4

Take the saucepan of the heat when the butter is melted and add sugar. Stir till combined.

5

Stir in the water.

6

Then add the flour mixture and stir through till you don't see anymore lumps.

7

Chop up the nuts and mix them through the cookie batter

8

If the batter is still too liquid, wait a couple of minutes for it to harden a bit.

9

Drop about 25 mm dollops on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. They will expand quite a bit so leave plenty of space between them. I baked 6 cookies per sheet.

10

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes.

11

Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.

Notes

Be careful, do not touch the cookies with your hands when they come out of the oven. They are very hot. This recipe will make about 24 cookies.

Dutch Recipes

Speculaas Spices

Short recipe how to make ‘speculaaskruiden‘ (speculaas spices)

Speculaas Spices

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Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Instructions

1

Mix spices together and store in sealed jar.

Breads & Buns/ Dutch Recipes

Speculaas Twist Bread

I recently bought a little jar of ‘speculaas‘ spices (they are a mixture of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, white pepper and a few others) and I was trying to come up with something I could bake that was different than the obvious ‘pepernoten’ or ‘speculaas’ cookies. I decided to go with a recipe mix of a Nutella Twist Bread and Cinnamon bread rolls. Instead of adding cinnamon to the butter/sugar mixture, I added some ‘speculaas’ spices. That was a great idea because the bread is delicious!

Speculaas Twist Bread

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Ingredients

  • 7 gram active dry yeast (1 sachet)
  • 250 ml warm milk
  • 30 gram sugar
  • 400 gram all purpose flour (high grade)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50 gram soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • -- For the filling--
  • 50 gram soft butter
  • 4-5 tablespoon sugar (brown or caster)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Speculaas spices
  • Icing sugar for decoration (optional)

Instructions

1

Mix yeast, milk, sugar and egg together in a bowl or measuring jug. Leave for 10 minutes for the yeast to activate.

2

Add flour and salt in a bowl of a stand mixer.

3

Once yeast is foamy, add to the flour and salt. Also add the soft butter.

4

Knead the dough with dough hook for about 5-10 min until smooth (if the dough is a bit too sticky add a bit of flour).

5

Take the dough out of the bowl, it should be a pretty clean bowl. Oil the bowl, put the dough back and cover with plastic wrap.

6

Place the bowl in a warm space, for example the oven turned off. Let it double in size. This takes between 1-2 hours usually.

7

For the filling combine the butter, sugar and speculaas spices until a spreadable consistency.

8

Once the dough is doubled in size, deflate the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle, about 1 cm thick.

9

Spread the dough with the speculaas filling and roll up from the long side.

10

Cut through the centre of the roll of dough and twist each side over the other.

11

Bring the two ends together to form a circle and press the dough together to make a nice looking twist.

12

Cover the bread with an oiled plastic wrap and let it rise again until double in size.

13

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

14

Place the bread in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. You can cover the bread with aluminum foil near the end if the top browns too fast.

15

Let the twist bread cool on a wire rack before dusting with icing sugar.

Notes

If the dough is too sticky add a little bit more flour. It should feel sticky to touch but not so sticky that the dough keeps sticking to your fingers. If you don't have Speculaas Spices, there are plenty of recipes to find that tell you how to make these spices.

Dutch Recipes

Bitterballen

Bitterballen are a typical Dutch snack (little round beef croquettes) and I miss them so much but I have finally found a good recipe to make them myself. It takes time to make but the result is worth it! This recipe makes about 20 bitterballen.

Bitterballen

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Ingredients

  • 500 gram stewing beef
  • 50 gram butter
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • few cloves
  • splash of red wine (optional)
  • butter
  • 3 small cubes of Maggi bouillon (I bought them from the Dutch shop)
  • 60 gram flour
  • 60 gram butter
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3-4 eggs
  • breadcrumbs
  • cornflakes crumbs

Instructions

1

Season the beef the pepper and salt and cut into cubes

2

Add the 3 little Maggi Bouillon cubes to 1 liter of boiling hot water and let them dissolve

3

Melt butter in the pan, I used a Dutch oven pan, and add the beef.

4

Cut the onion in big chunks and add them to the pan, together with the bay leaves, cloves and a splash of red wine.

5

Pour in the bouillon until all the ingredients are under water. Set the leftover bouillon aside, you might need to top up later on.

6

Let the bouillon come to a boil and then lower the heat to low.

7

Cover with the lid and let it simmer for at least 2-3 hours until you can shred the meat with a pair of forks.

8

Remove the meat to a plate and shred it into very small pieces.

9

Pour the bouillon through a sieve in a large cup, you will need about 1/2 liter for the roux, so set that aside to cool slightly (you can freeze in the leftovers).

10

To make the roux you add 60 gram of butter to a medium size saucepan and let it melt (don't let it brown).

11

When it's melted, add 60 grams of flour and mix well

12

Let the flour cook with the butter for a few minutes, keep stirring.

13

Add a little bit of the bouillon to the saucepan and stir it in until you have a smooth mixture.

14

Continue to do this until you have a thick roux, this takes about 1/2 liter of the bouillon.

15

Take of the heat and season the roux to taste with pepper, salt and a pinch of nutmeg.

16

Add the shredded beef and mix till combined.

17

Cover and let cool overnight in the fridge.

18

Divide roux mixture in 30-35 gram portions and roll into little balls. Oil hands with some olive oil so they won't stick as much.

19

Blitz cornflakes to little crumbs and add this to the breadcrumbs mixture.

20

Set up a coating station with eggs in one bowl, beaten, and crumbs in another bowl.

21

With left hand drop a roux ball in the egg, coat it and then transfer it to the crumbs.

22

With your right hand, coat the ball with the crumbs.

23

Do this with all the little roux balls 2 or 3 times (so each ball has 2 or 3 coats of breadcrumbs).

24

Store and freeze the bitterballen or deep fry them right away.

25

175 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes for the frozen bitterballen

26

180 degrees Celsius for 2-3 minutes for the non-frozen bitterballen

27

Serve with some mustard

Notes

This is a very basic recipe for bitterballen. If you have a good recipe for making broth (bouillon), by all means, try making bitterballen with your own broth/shredded beef. I will probably make the next batch using beef stock from Campbells (NZ) instead of the Maggi cubes.