the Pence family cookbook

Recipes Tagged with “dutch”


breakfast dessert cookie dutch untested waffle



  • 300 g caster/superfine sugar
  • 450 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 600 g flour
  • cinnamon
  • salt


  • 600 g cane-sugar syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 300 g butter


Mix the sugar with the eggs, milk, flower, cinnamon, salt and the butter sliced in pieces. Make 12 small balls.

Preheat the waffle iron [CP: this needs to be an old-fashioned, cast iron waffle iron that makes relatively thin waffles, not a Belgian/American waffle iron]. Squeeze a paste ball in the iron. Bake the waffle in about 30 seconds.

Cut the waffle in two thin waffles and spread the waffle with the mix of syrup and butter.


Lamb Chops Old-Dutch Style

main course dutch lamb


  • 4 double lamb chops
  • salt and black pepper
  • 125 grams butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 deciliter / ½ cup red wine
  • 4 deciliter / 2 cups meat ‘fond’ (glazed crystallized drippings) or stock
  • 3 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp parsley


Rub salt and freshly ground black pepper on the chops and fry them in 75 grams of butter in a skillet for three minutes each side.

Put them in a lightly buttered oven dish and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes in a warm oven at 120ºC/235ºF.

Take the dish from the oven and cover with foil or with a fitting lid.

Sautee the finely sliced shallots and pressed garlic in the grease/butter left in the skillet. Mix in the coarsely chopped rosemary and thyme, add the crumbled bay leaf and the wine. Bring to a boil and add the fond or bouillon. Slowly bring to a boil again and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Mix in the cornstarch and pour the stock through a sieve into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil again and whisk in the rest of the butter.

Put the chops on individual plates and pour the glazed sauce over them. Garnish with parsley. Serve with pan-fried potato slices, and green beans or spinach.

Adapted from goDutch.com

Dutch Mussels

appetizer main course dutch mussels


  • 4 1/2 (2 kg) pounds fresh mussels in the shell
  • 6.7 ounces (200 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/2 pound leeks (white and light green parts) cleaned
  • 4 1/2 ounces lightly smoked streaky bacon, thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 ounce unsalted butter
  • Fine sea salt and freshly milled black pepper


Clean the mussels and put them in a sauteuse pan with the wine. Bring to a boil, and cook just long enough for all the shells to open. Drain and remove the mussels from the pan.

Halve the leeks lengthwise and cut them in finger-thick slices. Cut bacon slices in very small pieces. Heat the oil in a large skillet, turn down the heat to medium, add bacon, and stir-fry until the bacon begins to render its fat (don’t let it get crisp).

Add leeks and stir-fry until they just begin to soften. Lower the heat, add the butter, and when melted, stir in the mussels carefully. Simmer together just long enough for the mussels to warm up. Add salt to taste and be generous with the pepper. Serve on a heated platter with warm French bread or ciabatta. Any leftover mussels can be used the next day to stuff an omelet.

Serves 4-6.

Florine Boucher, via National Geographic

Hot Cocoa

dessert chocolate dutch


  • 1 quart milk
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 3.5 ounces cocoa powder


Pour the milk, sugar, and pepper in a medium-size saucepan. Keep stirring to avoid burning the bottom until almost cooked. Put the cocoa powder in a big bowl and add one cup of the hot milk. Mix the milk and cocoa powder. Add the mix to the rest of the milk in the pan and keep stirring. Stir until it starts cooking and thickens. Pour the hot chocolate into cups and enjoy.

Makes 4 mugs.

Kees Raat, via National Geographic