King’s Day (Koningsdag) is when Dutch people celebrate the birthday of their king. King Willem Alexander was born on 27th April.
King’s Day is a huge occasion in The Netherlands, the cities are full with outdoor parties, the whole country is turning into a big street festival. It doesn’t matter how the weather is, the streets are full with people, musicians, bands, people take to the canals in boats in Amsterdam, making the water a main area of celebration. Dutch flags fly on the houses with orange decoration. Squares are filled with locals offering drinks and foods. This day is a big tourist attraction too, thousands of people are coming from all around the world. People are wearing bright orange color dresses, funny accessories.
The colors of the Dutch flag are red, white and blue, there is no orange at all. Why are people wearing orange? The colors came from the Prince of Nassau’s coat of arms in the 16th century. Orange remains a huge part of Dutch culture, orange is the color of the Dutch royal family. The lineage of the current dynasty, the House of Orange-Nassau, dates back to Willem van Oranje (William of Orange).
This year will be very different, the old traditions had to change because of the pandemic. This year everybody’s staying at home celebrating with family members who are living together, no parties, only virtual drinks with friends, watching Dutch TV program about previous King’s Days. We adorn our balcony with orange decorations.
We do our best not to break the tradition in this changed situation. I made these Royal Mini Donuts and a Orange Chocolate Swirl both with orange decoration to celebrate King’s Day in our own way.
Happy Birthday to King Willem Alexander! “Hiep hiep hoera!”
Royal Mini Donuts
- Electric Mini Donut Maker
- 250 gram blanched almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- 3 large eggs
- 100 ml agave syrup
- 60 ml coconut oil melted
- 2 pinch salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract I prefer Bourbon Vanilla
- 1½ tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp cacao butter melted
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp tapioca flour
- 40 gram dark chocolate 85% cocoa
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Preheat electric mini donut maker. (My machine has 3 interchangeable non-stick baking plates. One for donut, second for waffle and third one for toast.)
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix liquid ingredients in other bowl.
- Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix them.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold of donut maker.
- Close the lid and bake for about 2-2 ½ minutes. You have to check the first portion with fork, if it is not baked, add ½ minute more. You have to try what time is perfect, because all electric makers are a bit different. Repeat it until you have finished the batter.
- Cool donuts on a baking rack.
- Mix melted cacao butter, melted coconut oil, agave syrup, water very well with a hand whisk on low-medium heat until well combined. Add a ½ tsp carrot powder to color it or other naturel food color. (Use beetroot powder if you want to have dark red color, or spinach powder for green.)
- Add tapioca flour and mix it well, until a bit thicker.
- Put glaze mix into the freezer for 4-5 minutes.
- Take glaze out from the freezer and stir it. It must be creamy but a bit fluid.
- Dip one side of cold donuts into the glaze. Leave them to harden in cold place.
- Melt chocolate with coconut oil together in a small pan above boiling water (Bain-marie).
- Dip one side of cold donuts into the chocolate. Leave them to harden in cold place.
- You can decorate the orange glazed donuts with chocolate too, and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Get creative.