It is thought that the Dutch name Speculaas comes from the latin 'speculum' that means mirror.
Traditionally speculaas biscuits are the mirror image of the carved wooden moulds they are baked in.
Windmill shaped speculaas biscuits are known throughout the whole world, as are male or female speculaas figurines.
These days speculaas biscuits can take any shape or form. But you can do so much more with speculaas spice than just making biscuits.
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'Speculaas News' Winter edition: Early December 2016
Christmas is coming - yay!
You can find me at these Markets:
Saturday and Sunday 3rd/4th December: Sutton House, Christmas market, 2&4 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6JQ, 12-5.00 pm
Saturday 10th December: Fair Christmas Fayre, Regent Hall Salvation Army,
275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ, 11-6.00 pm
Sunday 11th December: Duckpond Market, Lauderdale House, Highgate N6 5HG 11-5.00 pm
1 November - it's time to harvest my home-grown Redlove Era apples, ready for apple crumbles later in the winter.
14 October - Following my butter-rich Dutch boterkoek recipe, I am happy to progress with my speculaas chocolate cake recipe, similarly rich with unsalted butter
20 September - After Dutch apple pie, boterkoek - ‘butter cake’ - is one of The Netherlands' favourite cakes. Here is my late mother’s speculaas boterkoek recipe with speculaas spices infused ginger bits and ginger syrup
8 August - it's jamming time again; this time vandotsch speculaas greengage jam
18 July - Summer has finally arrived in London - more of a heatwave, actually - just in time for my vandotsch speculaas spice infused ice cream recipes
20 june - never saw that one coming: a speculaas infused tuiles recipe thanks to part-time emigre Sarah, in France
14 April - our second speculaas Bundt recipe has arrived, thanks to Rosie's vandotsch speculaas spice infused sweet potato and carrot bundt cake
15 March - Were Hot Cross Buns not originally made in The Netherlands? I don't know, but here is our vandotsch speculaas spice infused 'Krentebollen' recipe - speculaas raisin buns
14 November - Apples galore! Let's make some vandotsch speculaas spice infused Redlove Era apple liqueur - work-in-progress project!
4 November - Frank Zweerus - The Netherlands' Best Artisan Bagel Baker - used the vandotsch speculaas spice mix to make BetterBagels Speculaas Bagels
14 October - it most be Autumn with the abundance of apples. Time for Hollandse appeltaart - Dutch apple pie - is our national cake. Of course with vandotsch speculaas spice
9 September. Ready for Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah: vandotsch speculaas spiced orange 'Turban' (round) challah with raisins and currants
29 August - Using my vandotsch speculaas spice damson jam as filling in a cheesecake. Check out our speculaas spiced damson cheesecake recipe
21 August - It's August it must me preserves-making month. Check out our vandotsch speculaas spice infused damson jam recipe
14 June - Emma Carlton - Great Taste Food Award winner of 3 Gold Stars 2010 - used our spice mix in her apple butter, speculaas and vanilla cheesecake recipe, opening up a new speculaas spice category: vandotsch speculaas spice infused cheesecake recipes
February - launch of (irregular) vandotsch Speculaas News letter
4 September - 2012 Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch has used our sweet tasting spice mix in his longstanding favourite Spiced Bundt Apple Cake recipe and wholeheartedly endorsed the vandotsch speculaas spice mix.
30 June - Italian Alida, winner of the 2014 Uniform Foodies and ‘Blogger Competition’ as judged by 2 Michelin starred chef Michael Caines, delights us with her almond chocolate vandotsch speculaas infused biscuits recipe
'All things Speculaas', sponsored by The Speculaas Spice Company, offers recipes for use of the vandotsch speculaas spice mix.
Calling all vandotsch speculaas spice mix users to publish their own recipes here.
The vandotsch speculaas sweet spice mix can be used in many sweet tasting dishes. In fact anywhere where such a dish uses cinnamon, consider replacing it and any other spices with vandotsch speculaas spice mix as 55% of our spice mix contains real, high grade ground cinnamon from Sri Lanka.