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Monday, January 16, 2012

"Arretjescake" or chocolate butter-biscuit cake

This incredible chocolate delight is an old Dutch treat. It is something that Jos asks me to make at times. It is very simple to put together and requires no baking. Just mix the ingredients and allow to set in the fridge overnight.

Arretjescake or chocolate butter-biscuit cake
100gr (1/2 cup) sugar
100gr (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 package of crushed Maria biscuits (use a cheap plain cookie for this if you cannot get these cookies)
25gr (3 tablespoons) cocoa
1 package of vanilla sugar (7gr) or a drop of vanilla 
1 egg

Mix the cocoa, vanilla sugar and sugar together in a pan. Now add the butter and place on low heat to melt the butter while mixing well. Once the sugar is dissolved in the mixture, add a beaten egg and the cookies which have been crushed. 

Line a half loaf pan with cling wrap. This step is important and cannot be skipped. You will not be able to take the cake out of the pan without the cling wrap. Spread the chocolate biscuit mix into the pan and allow to sit in the fridge overnight. 

Carefully pull out the cake (it is hard to get out but I slip a butter knife along the edges carefully first, slightly lifting). Now slice this cake and serve. This is not a recipe for dieters but it sometimes a good thing to indulge in really good chocolate desserts. 

** If you would like to make this cake in a regular size loaf pan, just double my recipe. **

The "arretjescake" was named after a Dutch cartoon figure "Arretje Nof" shown in the photo below. He was also used in butter ads for the company NOF. This cake is simple but very delicious and impresses whenever served. 

Bon appetit or eet smakelijk!


Elizabethd said...

My mother made this cake as a treat..we couldnt get enough of it!

Jenny said...

Okay this sounds really, really good...grins...I so love chocolate and will definitely have to try this one.

Nancy said...

Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, why have I never had this?????
Love you, Mom