Gingerbread has all kinds of names in Europe, including "kruidkoek", "peperkoek" and "ontbijtkoek". A delicious, mellow yet spicy, cake. The homemade version is even better than off the shelf!

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Veronique van Ohmydish

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Published at 2019-12-01, this recipe is for 8 people and takes 40 minutes.

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Updated at: 23-11-2023

40 minutes 8 people Breakfast


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  • 200 grams plain/all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 grams/half a sachet of baking powder (or use self-raising flour)
  • 150 grams soft brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch speculaaskruiden spice mix
  • 200 ml whole milk (you can also use buttermilk instead)
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch apple syrup (available online)
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  • loaf tin (30 cm)
  • silicone brush
  • oven
  • stand mixer
  • silicone spatula


40 minutes 8 people Breakfast

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Making the gingerbread – 40 minutes

Grease the loaf tin with butter and dust with a thin layer of flour. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

Mix the flour with the baking powder, or use self-raising flour. Add the brown sugar, a pinch of salt and the speculaaskruiden spices.

It is best to use a stand mixer to achieve a smooth cake batter. To do this, gradually add the milk to the flour mixture, then add a tablespoon of apple syrup. Once the batter is smooth, tip it into the greased cake tin.


Bake the gingerbread for 20-25 minutes. The exact time depends on your oven. You can use a wooden skewer to check if it is done, if the skewer comes out clean, the gingerbread is ready. Let it cool in the tin for around 10 minutes, then remove it from the tin.

Place the gingerbread in a plastic bag and leave it to cool completely to room temperature. Enjoy!

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Gingerbread: frequently asked questions

How long can I store gingerbread?

You can store homemade gingerbread for around 3 days.

Is gingerbread healthy?

Gingerbread is not particularly healthy, because it contains sugar. Gingerbread is a lot healthier if you replace the sugar with honey, but this significantly alters the flavour of the cake.