We have recently been away for a long weekend. We stayed with my father n law, who was born in the Netherlands. Opa is now 89, and loves having his family to visit. On the Sunday we went to an annual Dutch day, where they served Olie Bollen, Poffertjes (pancakes), braadwurst (sausage) and croquettes. The Olie Bollen tasted delicious. It is the Dutch version of a doughnut, but much better. The dough is lighter and currants are added.
Opa loved the Dutch open day at Foxton. He saw a lot of people he knew, and was happy to sit and chat to people. Both my husband’s parents were born in the Netherlands. We have stayed with some of the family that still live there, and have taken our daughters too. Dutch food is traditionally quite plain food. I have not done a lot of Dutch cooking, but Apple cake reminds me of the Netherlands and having coffee and cake in the cafes there. This spicy cake is a great accompaniment to the strong coffee that the Dutch serve.
This cake is so quick to make, 15 – 20 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to cook. In my hot oven it only takes 30 minutes. So if you are looking for something different to have for Mother’s Day, try this. You won’t be disappointed.
Dutch Apple Cake
2 cups chopped apple
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp allspice
Mix sugar with chopped apples in a large bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter on a low heat. Add to apple mixture, together with beaten egg. Mix well. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix until combined. Spoon into ring tin and bake at 180 deg C for 40- 50 minutes.
To serve sprinkle with a dusting of icing sugar, with either whipped cream or yoghurt.