10 Dutch Homemade Bread, Cake and Pastry Recipes

The Netherlands is perhaps best known for its cheese, but its butter should be equally famous, and where there is good butter, great baking can't be far behind. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for Dutch teatime treats.

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    Classic Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

    Classic Dutch Apple Pie
    Photo © Sara Winter

    That most classic of Dutch delicacies, the appeltaart, gets a spicy lift thanks to speculaas spices (yes, we're obsessed with this aromatic spice). But, if you prefer it the traditional way, simply use cinnamon instead.

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    Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

    Freshly baked Hartog's bread.
    Photo © Hartog's Bakkerij.

    This traditional whole wheat bread recipe comes from Hartog's, an artisanal bakery in Amsterdam that specializes in whole wheat bread. Its almost cult-like status means that people will sometimes line up around the block in the pouring rain to get their eager mitts on one of these wholesome creations. 

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    Traditional Frisian Sugar Bread Recipe (Sukerbole)

    Frisian sugar bread
    Photo © Renee Mesman

    This twist on the Frisian classic sûkerbôle uses candied ginger and chili powder, but purists may simply leave these ingredients out, replacing the ginger syrup with regular sugar syrup.

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    Bossche Bollen Recipe

    Bossche Bollen
    Photo © Rene Mesman

    Imagine a supersized profiterole, dunked in glossy dark chocolate and served up for your sticky-fingered enjoyment. These traditional tennis ball-sized cream-filled pastries have been made in Den Bosch, where they're known as sjekladebollen ("chocolate balls") for at least a century. 

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    Dutch Hazelnut Meringue Cream Cake Recipe

    Hazelnut Meringue Cream Cake
    Photo © Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

     You'll find a version of this naturally gluten-free cake at every traditional Dutch bakery - they come in round, square or rectangular shapes. With layers of hazelnut-coffee cream (or mocha-flavored buttercream) sandwiched between crisp-chewy discs of hazelnut meringue, it's a beloved tradition for a reason. 

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    Dutch-Indonesian Spekkoek Recipe

    Freshly prepared spekkoek.
    Photo &copy Kosmos

    A delicious legacy of the former Dutch East Indies, traditional spekkoek, a layered spiced cake, is an extremely harmonious blend of Eastern and Western traditions. 

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    Duivekater Recipe (Traditional Dutch Sweet Festive Bread)

    Duivekater
    Photo © Kosmos Uitgevers

    Duivekater is a traditional sweet white bread from the Zaanstreek area in the North Holland province. While the bread takes center stage in Dutch Master Jan Steen's famous ''Feast of Saint Nicholas'' it has become somewhat of a forgotten delicacy, but is certainly worth rediscovering.

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    Jewish-Dutch Ginger Buns Recipe (Gemberbolus)

    Gemberbolussen
    Photo © Kosmos

    This ginger-spiked pastry is a typical Jewish-Amsterdam delicacy, but while they were once readily available at kosher bakeries in the city very few such bakeries remain, which means that the gemberbolus is now only produced in very small quantities. What better reason to make them at home?

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  • 09 of 10

    Dutch Chocolate Bread Recipe with Almond Paste

    German Christmas Stollen

    The Spruce

    This yummy fruited bread with raisins, currants and brandy and a soft almond paste center flirts with tradition, but the addition of dark chocolate chips lift and deepen the flavors, for an updated breakfast treat.

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    Banketstaaf (Dutch Flaky Pastry Log with Almond Paste)

    Banketstaaf
    Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    With its flaky puff pastry shell and squidgy center of almond paste, our homemade version of the classic Dutch banketstaaf is a delicious addition to your Easter or Christmas holiday table.