Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dutch Bolussen

Bolussen are a traditional Dutch swirled sugar-bun similar to monkeybread, sticky buns, skillingsboller and cinnamon roll. There are different kinds of bolussen available in The Netherlands depending on the region you are in. Zeeuwse bolussen, from the south, are by far the most known. Every year there's a contest for the 'Best Zeeuwse Bolusbaker' to keep the tradition! The Zeeuwse bolussen are very dark, relatively flat swirls of dough coated in sticky sugar. My bolussen resemble them, but are by far not as darkly coated and are a bit more '3D'.

Bolussen are a dying-and-reappearing tradition. For years it was only available in some regions of the Netherlands or in (specialty) bakeries. A great deal of Holland has never even heard of bolussen! However, over the recent years it's been popping up in supermarkets. Bolussen are eaten for breakfast or lunch as a treat. Occasionally they're cut in chunks and served with tea. Bolussen are usually served cold with butter, but warm buns make a delicious sunday morning treat!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jam flavour-combination Inspiration Sheet

I've been making a lot of jams over the past years and it's the season again! I've tried a lot of combinations of flavours and I thought I'd compile them all up into a 'simple' cheatsheet.  I love trying to come up with new unique flavours to see what works. The list is in no way intended to be a comprehensive list, but I hope it inspires you!

Fruits in alphabetical order:
All combinations of 2 fruits
All combinations of 3 fruits (suggestions)
All combinations of 4+ fruits
*Common combinations

Saturday, March 12, 2016

French Langues de chat (Cat tongue biscuits)

With just 2 days to White Day, I wanted a quick and easy recipe for cookies up. But that was assuming you'd celebrate White Day. What if you don't know what it is?

White Day - 14 March, exactly one month after 14 February. On Valentine's Day women in Japan hand out chocolate to the men (I explained it before here). Exactly one month later, it's up to the men to return the favour. Usually they give out cookies, marshmallows or chocolate. Just like the women a month earlier, men are expected to give presents to colleagues, as well as their girlfriends. They should also man up and return at least as much as, but preferably 3 times the worth of the Valentines present! 

Honestly, these cookies are reason enough to bake them. It's an easy recipe and the cookies are simply delicious (simply - easy, get it?). I bet you have all the ingredients you need in your house right now!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

English Tea Loaf

From the same people that invented tea cakes, tea time and high tea: the Tea Loaf. It honestly deserves the capitals, because this kind of cake is right down my isle. I can't see why it shouldn't be down anyone elses. It's got raisins and spice and it calls for tea and a moment of relaxing. It calls for lazy weekends too. It also screams of a moment of happiness during busy weekdays. (YESS!!)

The tea loaf is a traditional British spicy fruit cake. The key to this cake is the currants and raisins that are soaked in tea overnight. The tea flavour really adds character to this cake. Another reason it's called a tea loaf is because it's best served with tea. A good cup of Yorkshire tea - with milk, save the sugar for coffee.