Couque de Dinant

Preparation info
  • Makes


    couque depending on the size of the mould (the recipe can be halved)
    • Difficulty


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

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

  • About

The legend of the couque de Dinant takes us to the attack on the Walloon town of Dinant during the Liège Wars in 1466. Charles the Bold sent troops to crush the rebellion; they burned down Dinant and murdered 800 civilians. The townsfolk, deprived of food and desperate, made a dough of flour and honey and created a rock-hard honey cake. They then threw them at the Burgundian army to force a retreat. It was then that the people of Dinant got the idea to print the couque in their famou