Dutch spice bread

Ontbijtkoek – Dutch spice bread (or cake) – a wonderful winter tea time treat! Crunchy crust, dense crumb with a rich, sweetly spiced flavour. Ontbijtkoek is traditionally served at breakfast with a thick layer of butter, or it can be served as a snack.


Mijn excuses voor het knoeien met de traditie!

Makes 1 x 30cm (12″) loaf
Preparation about 15 minutes
Baking about 60 minutes


500g (4 cups) whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground mace
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
500ml (2 cups) whole milk
500g (2 cups) raw cane sugar


Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F) and grease and flour a 30cm (12″) loaf tin.

Whisk flour, baking powder and spices together in a bowl.

Put the milk in a medium heavy based saucepan and heat until it just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.

Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients whisk until the batter is smooth.

Pour into loaf tin and bake in centre of oven for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Take the cake out of the oven, allow it to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. As the cake is quite dense, it won’t shrink much, so you may need to use a fine plastic spatula to loosen it in the tin.

Allow cake to cool to room temperature before serving.


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9 Responses to Dutch spice bread

  1. Ha,ha I had to laugh about the Dutch quote. We’ve got such a lot of different recipes in the Nethetlands, that yours might be one of them😉. I’m glad you liked it though and your photos look great

  2. I do love homebaked sweet breads like this. I definitely can see myself making the recipe and having it for breakfast.. thanks for the recipe!

  3. Debbie says:

    Your spice cake looks really nice. Good job on your challenge!

  4. marcellina says:

    Yum, the texture of your cake looks amazing! And no eggs! I like this recipe! I love spices.

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