Couque de Rins

Preparation info
  • Makes


    large couque
    • Difficulty


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

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

  • About

The couque de Rins is a honey cake variation of the couque de Dinant, with the addition of sugar to make the couque soft instead of rock-hard. The result is a sweet chewy cake full of honey flavour.

It was invented by couquier François Rins in the 19th century, by mistake. He added sugar instead of honey, then added honey and cinnamon, trying to cover it up. I can’t tell you how many origin stories of bakes resulted from ‘mistakes’! Today both types of couque are sold