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Traditional Dutch New Year's Eve cookies

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freerk

Traditional Dutch New Year's Eve cookies

For New Year's Eve I decided to share this wonderful traditional Dutch cookie-recipe.


 


Up to this day people in the northern and eastern regions of The Netherlands eat this waferthin cookie for NewYear's Eve.


 


They come in two varieties: flat and rolled up.


 


The flat ones you eat the 31st of December, the rolled up ones you can eat starting the 1st of January.


 


The flat wafers represent the old year that has fully unfolded. The rolled up wafers stand for the new year, that still has all of its secrets rolled up in it self


 


 


This recipe yields at least twice the amount shown in the picture.


 


To make the cookies waferthin you will need a WAFER IRON.


TRADITIONAL DUTCH NEW YEAR'S EVE COOKIES


500 grams AP flour


450 grams white caster sugar


30 grams of vanillasugar


5 eggs


200 grams unsalted melted butter


lukewarm water if needed




Combine the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla sugar in a large coleander.


Mix at high speed over a pan of hot water ("au bain marie") until the eggs turns slightly whiter and the mixture is nice and frothy.


Take the coleander away from the hot water pan. Sift the flour into the mixture. Add the melted butter little by little to form a smooth batter, about the consistency of yoghurt. The batter should "ooze" from the spoon.


Add some lukewarm water if needed to get the right consistency.


Spoon a dollop of batter on to the heated wafer iron and press hard for about 8-10 seconds. The wafer should come out nice and golden brown.


When making flat wafers: leave on a rack to cool.


When making rolled up wafers: roll the wafer onto a fingerthick wooden ladle or thin rolling pin. Let them set for about 20 seconds and transfer to a cooling rack.


 


Wishing all of my TFL-friends a healthy, inspiring and positive 2011! Thank you for all the feedback on my posts. I hope you will all continue to make me a better home-baker in the coming year!


 


Warm greetings from Amsterdam,


 


Freerk


 


 

Comments

EvaB's picture
EvaB

cookie some friends of my mother's took to my brother when he was in the hospital after his accident. They were baked on a thing that looks sort of like an old fashioned waffle iron, but much thinner. They wer rolled and filled with swetened whipped cream, I think they called them krumcakes or something like that, I have the pan my brother bought several years later and gve to mom, but we never used it, not having the recipe for the cakes, so think I shall have to dig out the pan and try it with your cookie recipe.


I like the symbolisim too, very neat explanation for the year, unrolled and rolled! LOL

freerk's picture
freerk

Hey Eva,

They could very well be Scandinavian. My guess is they originate in the north-west of Germany, and all the regions around there have some sort of variation on it.

These are not eaten with cream or any other filling, at least not on New Year's Eve, but all through the year you can find them filled with wipped cream or custard inside (we call them "oublies" here in that case) on fairs and markets around the region.

If you have the wafer iron: dig it up and try it out for once; it's a wonderful easy to bake cookie (great for the kids to help out making the dough and rolling them up) and the smell is divine, very festive and homely: every one will love it :-)

X Freerk

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EvaB

Freerk, but it will be just me and the mice (oops the cats) to eat them just now. No kids at home and no grandkids, so will make them up when there is better weather and my kid and her hubby can visit.


I spend a lot of time alone, as DH (dear hubby in computerese) works out as a first aid attendant in the oil field. I spend every month 50% of it alone, with maybe a visit from my DD and a quick trip to see me when he gases up, mostly once a week. So do a lot of computer stuff, and right now working on the room, got the floor finished today, I had to wash it and spray seal it, now its waiting for the finishing, then I can start movign my sewing stuff into it, and my library on the other end. Its a big room.

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Rita Fransen

I'm wondering if someone can tell me where I can purchase one of the irons.  I had my Oma's but it has bitten the dust and I really really want one.........luckily, my uncle still has his and I got some of these cookies just a week ago......oh so good and so many memories they bring back.

freerk's picture
freerk

If I'm right, you are in Canada, right? You could try to order from King Arthur, they do have the krumkake iron for sale, check it out: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/krumkake-iron

Hopes this helps!

X Freerk

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Rita Fransen

Thanks, yes I am in Canada, I just checked out the website and it says the item is no longer available for sale...........

EvaB's picture
EvaB

I found pizzele irons at Fantes which is a kitchen shop online, and also at another large kitchen shop online, try searching for Canadian web shops online, and it might be easier to get them sent to you. There are two types of the pizzele Irons, one is the oldfashioned ones that you put on the stove top and the electric ones, I think they would work as they make a thin crisp cookie. And essentially that is what you are making, a sort of waffle just a wafer instead of the indented kind.


do a google search for krumkake, crumbcake and other variations, pizzele and wafer irons, gullets and gofferets they are all a variation of waffles or wafers.

Rita Fransen's picture
Rita Fransen

I have pretty much checked everywhere and have been told to get the authentic, must get it out of Holland.  I have a friend that bought one of the pizzele iron's and the cookies just don't seem the same........

freerk's picture
freerk

I can browse around here for you to see if there is an online dutch shop that sells them. I'll send you some links.

If anything else fails I can get you one here and just send it to you, I'm willing to help out if needed!

Let's keep in touch!

Freerk

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EvaB

to Canadian or USA.


There are also places in the US to get things like this, including Ebay which I know is a bad word to some, but there is a list a page or two long on krumcake irons.


I also googled goro irons which are thin cardamon cookie wafers from Norway, and came up with two outlets in the US which sell them, one in Minnisota and one in Wisconsin. So keep looking and putting in things.


The irons in the pages above are much like the pizzele Irons I've seen advertized for sale here. They make thin cookies. I think they would work with the right batter, and thin enough in the iron. Like anything else its simply a matter of learning curve and finding the length of time that works for the cookie.

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Richelle

Ah, kniepertjes! Lekker! Mijn zusje woont in Stadskanaal en bij haar heb ik ze vaak gegeten! Helaas hier in Andalucia niet te krijgen en een wafelijzer staat nog op mijn verlanglijstje.


I think they are called kniepertjes, aren't they? My sister lives in Stadskanaal and at her place I've eaten them lots of times. Unfortunately not available here in Andalucia and the wafer iron is still on my wish-list.


Thanks for the memories your post brought back!


 


Richelle


 

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freerk

Yes Richelle, you are absolutely right :-) that is what they are called. Roughly translated they would be called "pinched cookies" and "little rolls". Next time you are visiting you should take that wafer iron back with you :-) they are widely available here. If you remember eating them, then you probably also remember the wonderful smell they create all through the house when baking them. I like the cookies, but for me, that smell is the main reason to get that wafer iron out once a year and produce quite a few batches of cookies, enough to give away to neighbors and friends as well. Thanks for your reaction X Freerk

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Jo_Jo_

Krumkake.....  so very very good!  My mouth is watering and my memories of childhood with my Bestemor.  Thank you for posting this, just makes me warm all over!


Joanne