Monday, March 5, 2007


Tonight there will be a moment of truth - I am attempting to make Boterkoek.

I thought I'd share the Ayer's recipe, as they made it for a skating party and I don't know if I've ever tasted better.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp (or more) almond extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
silvered almonds (optional)

Cream butter, add sugar and beat well. Add slightly beaten egg (save a little for the top), then almond extract and continue beating until smooth. Combine flour and baking powder, add to butter mixture. Knead together. Press into 8-inch round baking pan. Brush top with reserved beaten egg. Sprinkle with almonds if you wish. Bake 30 minutes or until golden at 350 degrees F.

Between all of us we are either authentically dutch, married to dutch men, or just great cooks/bakers. . .so if you have any suggestions for perfecting this recipe PLEASE comment with your own recipe/habits.

I tried to compare recipes on the net with this one. I found one recipe that insisted everything be kept very cold (she uses frozen butter and a food processor to mix), and another recipe that insisted the butter must be melted and piping hot. . .hmm. . .

Please share your experience!

- Vanessa


Mrs. van der Meer said...

My man is a happy man! It turned out pretty good, if I may say so.

Niki said...

Very glad to heat it, but I think he was anyway!

Niki said...

i meant..."hear" not heat...only on first cup of coffee...

Johannah said...

How I love the typo. I am queen of typos.
As for Boterkoek, it can't go wrong. Not really. Butter, butter, more butter. Yummmmm.

Karin said...

Hi Vanessa,

That is the same recipe that I grew up enjoying! Its been a while since I've made it, thanks for the reminder! I think I'll make it this week too.


Susanna Rose said...

Oh the classic of all desserts! I miss this one from days gone by attending Dutch churches...thanks for posting this and just maybe, I'll be able to have success at making it and relive a bit of the past!;)