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Euro 2012 Cooking Challenge – The Netherlands

I love it when you try a new recipe and you just know, as soon as you take a bite of it, that it will become one of your regular cakes that you will make again and again.

Today’s recipe is one of those.

It is a very simple Dutch Butter Cake made with ingredients I always have in my cupboards. I would describe it as being like an almond flavoured shortbread with a slightly cakeier, chewy base.

The original recipe called for it to be made in a spring form cake tin but I felt it worked better in a muffin tin cut into chunky squares…I’m on my second piece already!


150g of unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature

200g of caster sugar

1-2 teaspoons of almond extract

1 egg, beaten

200g of plain flour

Half a teaspoon of baking powder

How to make it

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 180°C/ Gas Mark 4
  • Grease your muffin tray
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar and almond extract until light and fluffy
  • Add the egg and mix well
  • Finally add the flour and baking powder and combine until a stiff dough has been formed
  • Spoon this into the muffin tray and press down
  • Bake for about 35 minutes or until the cake is golden brown
  • Allow to cool and then serve with a large tea

I will be back tomorrow with my final recipe and we will also know the two finalists!


About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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