The Dutch Boterkoek, butter cake, is one of those delicacies that showcases the goodness of all that dairy richness the Netherlands is famous for. The dense, sweet cake consists of hardly anything but butter, sugar and flour.
Butter cake is just like it sounds: a dense, buttery, sweet cake that sticks to your ribs. Usually served with a steaming cup of coffee.
- 250 g unsalted butter
- 250 g cake flour
- 250 g castor sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 vanilla bean
- Lemon zest from one lemon
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Melt the butter.
- Mix the flour, sugar, salt, seeds from the vanilla bean and the lemon zest in a bowl.
- Add the melted butter to the flour mixture and beat with a hand blender, to create a batter. This will take about 3 minutes.
- Add 1 egg and continue to mix until it is incorporated well. The mixture will be slightly sticky.
- Press the mixture into a pie pan. Beat the second egg, and brush the top of the cake mixture lightly.
- Draw lines into the dough with the tines of a fork, from left to right and top to bottom.
- Bake the cake in a preheated oven until golden brown, this should take about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Allow the cake to cool before cutting it into slices.