December recipes – Zoetekoeke (Honey Cake)

Well it’s becoming increasingly obvious I’m not going to get baking until the last minute so unfortunately I don’t have photos for you at this time. But since Christmas is nearly here, I thought I would share one of my personal favourites.

Christmas morning we have nummy baked goods for breakfast, including cinnamon buns, raisin bread and zoetekoeke. The latter is a honey cake originating from Belgium, which is lovely with some butter (no margarine!) and coffee. It’s perfect any time of day, which is why it’s a great idea to start one’s day off with a few bites.

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Zoetekoeke

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix

2 cups honey (liquid honey works best)
2 tsp anise (in extract form is easiest. If you don’t have extract, make sure you are grinding it to a fine powder)
1-1/2 cups milk
3 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs

In a large, separate bowl, mix

2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
4 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp baking soda

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Batter will be lumpy.

Divide evenly into three greased bread pans.* Bake at 350F for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

* This batter rises A LOT. Make sure when you are dividing the batter that you fill your bread pans to no more than half. Otherwise you will have a fairly large mess in your oven to clean up.

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