This traditional Dutch Honey Breakfast Cake is super simple to make at home! It makes for a delicious snack anytime of the day!
Forever. And ever after.
This Dutch Honey Breakfast Cake (also known as ontbijtkoek or peperkoek I’ve been told by my good friend Mr. Google) was my absolute favorite growing up.
It was just on rare occasions I got to eat it though as my mom would only buy it sometimes when we went on hikes or long bike rides.
Doing stuff outside was something my dad was very fond of even though both my parents had crazy schedules when I was little.
He was also fond of driving for hours on end, getting lost fifteen times and then finally finding that nice little restaurant way out in the countryside he’d heard about from his mate.
But that’s an entirely different story.
Bike rides were one of my dad’s favorites and I was probably on my first little Tour de France when I couldn’t even walk yet.
I had a white bike seat installed on the back of his bike and apparently had loads of fun smacking my dad’s butt whenever he’d stand on the pedals going up steep hills.
Must have been a great help for tackling those inclines!
Later on I had a beautiful purple bike I loved dearly and even got my very own bike shorts I wouldn’t stop wearing for the first two weeks I had them.
Going hiking was also a big hit.
We had this crazy huge backpack my mom would fill up with goodies to eat just in case my dad got us lost again and we’d have to camp under a tree. (It never actually happened but I’m sure that was something she was always afraid of. At least I know where I got my sense of direction from…)
One time she made the mistake of only packing a few sausages, small snacks and some water though.
My parents had picked a hiking route supposedly sporting a great restaurant where we were meant to stop over.
Well, the restaurant was closed.
So we made a small campfire, roasted our sausages and kept on walking.
This may not sound too bad but unfortunately my dad wasn’t one for small outings.
If we were going to go on a hike, we were going to do it right.
That meant we still had a very long way to go.
And then it started raining.
Now let me tell you, walking for hours in the rain with a hungry five year old isn’t much fun at all.
Being that five year old is even less fun.
Luckily somewhere along the road a small restaurant appeared out of nowhere.
I must have cried out of joy. Well, I was probably already crying before.
But at least we could finish our hike with a full stomach and a much happier little me.
What I have learned from all this?
If Branimir and me ever go on hikes in the future with our little duckling I will never forget to pack enough food and water.
And I will always, always bring along this breakfast cake.
It’s so good it shouldn’t even be called breakfast cake.
It should be Anytime-of-the-Day Cake. Have it with some butter on top.
Or without. Whatever you prefer.
But no matter what you put on top you must at least try it because it will even make a rainy twelve hour hike feel like absolute bliss.
Dutch Honey Breakfast Cake Recipe
- 2 cups rye flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2/3 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon anise
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 3/4 cups milk plus extra for brushing
- Preheat the oven to 350°C. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl.
- Place wet ingredients in a small saucepan and gently warm over medium heat. Add to the dry ingredients and mix using a rubber spatula until a sticky batter forms.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and flatten the surface. Lightly brush the top with milk.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan and serve warm or cold with butter.