Fries Suikerbrood (Frisian Sugar Bread)


This Frisian sugar bread recipe is native to the Dutch province of Friesland. It's softer than a cloud with a stunning marbling of cinnamon-coated pearl sugar clusters throughout. This loaf is easy to make, authentic, and absolutely heavenly served warm straight from the oven. Alternatively, cool fully for a firmer texture.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
1 loaf



  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk, lukewarm

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, divided

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 egg

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons ginger syrup, divided

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided


  • ¾ cup Belgian pearl sugar

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Combine milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until yeast is frothy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk egg in a small bowl. Place 1 tablespoon in a separate bowl; reserve for glazing.

  3. Sift flour into a large bowl; mix in salt. Add yeast mixture, beaten egg, 2 tablespoons ginger syrup, and 1 1/2 tablespoon melted butter. Knead until a smooth dough forms.

  4. Grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon oil. Place dough in the greased bowl. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  5. Grease a 2-pound disposable loaf pan with remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and ginger syrup over the bottom and sides of the pan.

  6. Mix pearl sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

  7. Roll dough into a rectangle on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle 1/2 of the pearl sugar mixture on top; knead until evenly incorporated. Roll out again and add remaining pearl sugar mixture; knead until evenly incorporated.

  8. Shape dough into a loaf; place seam-side down in the prepared pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until puffy, about 30 minutes.

  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Brush top of loaf with reserved beaten egg.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan before slicing, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

It is preferable to use a disposable aluminum foil loaf pan instead of a regular pan to avoid the sugar doing any damage. Try searching online. However, in a pinch, line your loaf pan with foil to protect it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
7g Fat
62g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 131mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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