Mantepeirden and klaaskoeken

Preparation info
  • Makes


    small loaves
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Dark Rye and Honey Cake: Festival baking from the heart of the Low Countries

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

  • About

In a magazine from 1879,15 a correspondent writes that on Saint Martin (which falls on 11 November) he was visited by singing boys carrying lanterns made of carved beetroot (beets). The song mentions the baking of waffles and the eating of koek.

That koek is not peperkoek this time but mantepeird, translated as ‘man on horse’, depicting Saint Martin on a horse in sweet enriched bread dough. It is a custom from c