Lekker Holland or also known as Boterkoek in Holland is a sweet, buttery cake with a wonderful cookie-like texture. Enjoy this cake with a cup of tea or coffee for a perfect afternoon tea treat!
As one of the most ethnically diverse societies, Indonesia is well known for its cultural diversity. Some of them are historically affected by colonization. For so many years in the past, Indonesia experienced a long colonial period under the Dutch and it has left a huge influence on various aspects of Indonesian people’s lives and cuisine. It is inevitable that some Dutch recipes become part of Indonesian culinary tradition and this Lekker Holland is also one of them.
What is Lekker Holland?
Lekker Holland is known as Boterkoek in Netherland which literally means ‘butter cake in’ Dutch. This cake is a traditional Dutch cake made with a simple combination of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs. It has characteristic lines on the surface which are a little crispy once cooked. It is usually cut and served in thin wedges or small squares along with a hot cup of coffee or afternoon tea.
The Cookie-Like Cake Texture
Lekker Holland looks like a flat cake at first glance. You may expect it to be soft and fluffy when you take a bite of this treat. In fact, the batter is quite stiff, closer to a cookie dough consistency. It is like a buttery bar cookie, baked in a large tin, and cut into little bites after baking. It is rich, dense, crumbly, and chewy like a softer version of shortbread cookies.
High-Quality Butter is The Key Ingredient
Lekker Holland is a cake made with butter, flour, sugar, and egg. These simple ingredients allow the flavor of the butter to really shine through. You will want to use good quality butter to make the recipe.
If you want to stick to the Indonesian tradition, we usually use Wijsman Dutch canned butter. It is the most popular and expensive butter in Indonesia. Apparently, the product itself is hard to find in the Netherlands. Wijsman butter was created specifically for tropical countries and no refrigerators during the colonial time. Alternatively, you can also use European-style butter which has less water, higher fat content, and richer flavor.
How to Make
- With a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy. Add an egg and vanilla extra. Beat until well combined. Sift in all-purpose flour, milk powder, and salt. Beat on low speed until just combined.
- Spread on the pan evenly. Flatten the top with a bench scraper.
- Brush the top with an egg yolk. Make horizontal and vertical patterns with a fork.
- Decorate with raisins and sliced almonds if preferred.
- Bake at 320F/160°C for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes or until. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.