Frisian sugar bread, or as the Frisians would say in their very own language, Fryske sûkerbôle. Frisians are a Germanic ethnic group that live along the northern Dutch and German shore. Along with their own language come some delicious traditional recipes. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!
In the old days sugar bread was a popular gift when a mother gave birth to a girl. Did you get a son? Then their was krentencake, cake filled with raisins, on the menu. During my visit to windmill “De Ooievaar”, baker Chiel was kneading the dough with cranberries and sugar lumps. It took some patience, because the dough needs time to rise, but after a while I took home a beautifully round and warm sugar bread. To be honest, it was not hard to kill time snooping around in the store and getting a tour through the old windmill.
Sugar for my honey
What makes Frisian sugar bread so delicious are the sugar lumps, also called sugar chips or pearls. These hard lumps, which are also uses in Belgian waffles, add a special bite and flavor because they are made of sugar which is compressed under high pressure. As a result, the sugar does not melt during baking and remains crisp, with a caramelized layer. You can buy sugar lumps at windmill “De Ooievaar”, ask about them at your bakery or order them online.