Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is a blog about Holland, not about pastries. But for someone with a sweet tooth like myself, so much of Holland is about pastries. So let me tell you about boterkoek, or Dutch “butter cake.”
In fact I only became aware of the existence of boterkoek recently, even though it’s meant to be a typical Dutch pastry. It has a distinctive look – round, flat, thin, very yellow, and usually patterned on the top with a fork.
The “cake” is so shallow compared to and American cake that it looks more like a pie, except it’s not filled with anything.
Well, it is full of butter… other ingredients include eggs, flour, sugar, and milk. Needless to say, it is very rich, sweet, and dense. And utterly delicious.