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Grandma’s favourites – traditional Dutch recipes from yesteryear!

Fancy sampling the delicious Dutch flavours of yesteryear? Then try these traditional Dutch recipes (just like grandma used to make) for a culinary trip down memory lane!

Gortepap (barley porridge)


1 cup of pearl barley
350 ml of water
150 ml of buttermilk
1 tbsp. of honey


First, rinse the barley and leave to soak, preferably overnight. Next place the barley, water and honey into a saucepan and allow to simmer gently for an hour, taking care to occasionally stir. To prevent the mixture from becoming too dry, add a small splash of water as required. Just before serving, stir in the buttermilk and cook on a high heat until the barley porridge has reached the desired consistency. Serve with fresh strawberries or other fruits of your choice.

Draadjesvlees (pulled beef stew) 


1 kg of lean beef stewing steak
50 grams of butter
2 tsp. of paprika
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
50 ml of vinegar
Salt and pepper


Rub a little salt and pepper into the stewing steak and sprinkle both sides with the paprika. Next heat the butter in a frying pan and gently fry the meat until nicely browned. Add the bay leaves, cloves, vinegar and 2 cups of water and continue to simmer the beef on a low heat for approx. 3 hours or until the meat begins to fall apart. Serve with boiled potatoes, red cabbage and apple sauce.

Gevulde appels met kaneel en rozijnen (stuffed apples with cinnamon and raisins)


1 kg of apples (e.g. Elstar)
50g of raisins
3 tbsp. of brown sugar
1 tbsp. of  cinnamon

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Preheat your oven to 180 C. Wash the apples and remove their cores to create a space for the filling. Mix the raisins, sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and use to fill the apples. Place the stuffed apples onto a baking tray and bake for around 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Top with custard prior to serving.

Speltkoekjes (spelt wheat biscuits)


125g of butter
225g of wholemeal spelt flour
100 ml of honey
100g of raisins
1 tsp. of baking powder


Preheat your oven to 180 C. Allow the butter to soften and then mix with the other ingredients to form a biscuit dough. Leave the dough to rest for approx. 5 minutes at room temperature and then shape into biscuits. Place the biscuits onto a lined baking tray and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

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One comment on “Grandma’s favourites – traditional Dutch recipes from yesteryear!

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