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A Dutch winter warmer for Sinterklaas – taai taai with spiced milk

Planning to enjoy a traditional Sinterklaas Eve celebration with family and friends and fancy surprising them with something extra special? Then try serving this deliciously warming combination of traditional Dutch taai taai (a type of gingerbread typically enjoyed at Sinterklaas) and warm, spiced milk.  A delightful treat that’s guaranteed to keep your guests occupied until the Sint finally knocks on your door.

sinterklaas treats

Taai taai (Dutch gingerbread)


250 g of flour
100 ml of honey
1 tbsp. of Dutch apple syrup
½ tsp. of baking powder
2 tbsp. of biscuit and speculaas spices
A pinch of salt


First preheat your oven to 160 C. Next pour the honey and apple syrup into a pan and gently melt heat over a low heat. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and mix in the speculaas spices, baking powder and salt. Now stir in the honey / apple syrup mixture and knead into a firm dough. Finally roll the dough flat or shape into fun Sinterklaas figures and place onto a pre-greased baking tray. Bake for around 25 minutes, or until a lovely golden brown.

Gekruide warme melk (warm spiced milk)


1 litre of milk
4 egg yolks
½ sachet of vanilla sugar
1 tbsp. of lemon juice
½ tsp. of cinnamon
1 tsp. of ginger powder
2 tbsp. of sugar


Pour the milk into a saucepan, together with the vanilla sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and ginger powder, and slowly bring to the boil. Meanwhile, place the egg yolks and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until light and foamy. Now pour in the milk and place back on the heat, taking care to constantly whisk and prevent the milk from boiling. Finally pour the warm milk directly into cups or mugs and serve immediately.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

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