Coffee and pastries, pastries and coffee.....according to the Dutch, there is always a good reason to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee (or any other hot beverage of choice) and a pastry to compliment the beverage, preferably in good company. The Dutch love their pastries, sweet rolls and slices of cake, like this sticky, sweet, raisin and pudding filled koffiebroodje.

Koffiebroodjes, or coffee rolls, as they are called, are sticky because they are covered with a sweet glaze. Sometimes the glaze is a powdered sugar base, sometimes an apricot jam one. This recipe showcases the latter.

Koffiebroodjes are available at local bakeries and supermarkets, and can also be found in the train stations kiosks.

With all the variety there is to chose from, the koffiebroodje has a little bit of an old-fashioned feel to it, but it doesn't make it any less appetizing. Instead of using pastry cream, I used a ready-to-use box of vanilla pudding. For a pastry cream recipe, look here.

Usually eaten at 11:00am on the coffee break or visit with the buuf, the neighbor lady, koffiebroodjes are easy to make, and great to share!

1/3 cup of raisins
1.5 cup of milk, lukewarm
2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
3.5 cups of flour
1/2 stick of butter, room temperature
5 tablespoons of sugar
1 splash of vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
For the cream
1 package of French vanilla pudding
1/3 cup of sour cream
For the glaze
2 tablespoons of apricot jam
1 tablespoon of warm water

Soak the raisins in warm water and set aside. Proof the yeast in the milk. Mix the flour with the sugar, then add the proofed yeast and milk, and mix together. Add the salt, the egg, the butter and the splash of vanilla and knead together into a supple dough. Cover and proof until doubled in size.

In the meantime, mix the pudding with half the required amount of liquid on the package. Stir in the sour cream.
Roll the dough out into a square, 12 x 12 inches approximately. Spread the vanilla pudding on the dough, leaving all sides uncovered. Sprinkle the raisins over the pudding. Now take the furthest end of the dough and roll it up towards you. Place it seam down and divide the roll into equal slices, of about an inch to an inch and a half wide.

Place the slices, cut side down on a silicone mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cover and proof for at least twenty minutes or until the dough is puffy. Heat the oven to 350F and bake the rolls golden brown in 25 minutes or until done.

Mix the apricot jam with the warm water and brush the rolls when they come out of the oven. Brush them again when they've slightly cooled. Serve warm if possible.


  1. Oh, Nicole, I'd sit down to that coffee and the koffiebroodjes with you in an instant. I will be making them real soon. A question about the pudding... when you say to mix the pudding with half the required amount... do you mean to mix the half of the package, or add half amount of the liquid? Can you clarify this for me? Thank you so much. Gosia

  2. Gosia, good question and I'll adjust it in the text. It's half the amount of liquid, so that the pudding is really thick and sweet. I'd love to visit over coffee and koffiebroodjes, that would be so nice!!

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe! When I was in The Netherlands for work a couple of years ago, these were my absolute favorite pastries! Now I can make them at home, hooray!

  4. Hi Nicole
    I am from India, recently moved to Amsterdam. I love trying new cuisines. And I was always keen on trying the local Dutch food. Thanks to your blog. I made the appletaart and these Koffiebroodjes. I just adapted the recipes a little to make them egg free. Both turned out awesome. Have bookmarked few more recipes to try.

  5. Hallo Nicole,
    ik woon nog niet zo lang in de USA. Tot nu toe ben ik nog niet erg gecharmeerd van het eten hier. Brood is een van de dingen die niet eens dichtbij de Nederlandse kwaliteit en smaak ervan komt. Meel, boter zijn ook 'anders' wanneer ik ermee bak en zo is er nog veel meer. Dus op zoek naar alternatieven of bestellen via een leverancier van Nederlandse producten, bijv. de 'stroop en kant en klaar broodmeel'.
    En dan heb ik het nog niet over de kaas en de vleeswaren. Ik weet het landseer, landsgewoonten, ik heb ook al goede dingen gegeten maar dat was meestal niet in restaurants. Over het algemeen is in het Nederland eten bepaald niet verkeerd en lijkt me haast gezonder wanneer ik hier om me heen kijk in de USA. Jouw recepten vullen voor mij een hoop in waar het betreft vervangers van ingredienten die hier in USA te verkrijgen zijn. Dank voor al je inspanning en de prachtige ideeen. Je schrijft heerlijk.
    Ik ken een variatie op dit koffiebroodje door een banketbakker. Die maakt ze met kersen. Daarna trakteerde ik nooit meer op gebakjes maar op die kersenbroodjes, zo overheerlijk. Ik deed ook kersen op de cinemonrol, erg goed, maar ik heb een beetje genoeg van al die glazuur.

    Ik ga met plezier 'the dutch table' volgen.

    groetjes, Ellen


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