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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.


Find out more about the delicious dishes you can make using vandotsch speculaas spice mix.






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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


New recipes


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15 March - Were Hot Cross Buns not originally made in The Netherlands?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




6 October -  wooden speculaas moulds now available to make authentic Dutch looking biscuits with vandotsch speculaas spice, including, of course, a windmill


10 September -  Inspired by Chocolatier Fiona Sciolti demonstration on how to make a vandotsch speculaas spice infused nut britlle, I decided to make a pecan nut brittle


9 September -  speculaas spiced marshmallows made with vandotsch speculaas spice are absolutely perfect for autumn or for Halloween or Bonfire night.


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.


22 August -  Vanilla Bake Club founder Sharon's recipe of chocolate biscuits infused with vandotsch speculaas spice mix


20 August - Jo's nutty paleo vandotsch speculaas spiced apple muffins recipe


16 August - vandotsch speculaas spice infused almond and buckwheat cake served with spiced white chocolate mascarpone, macerated blackberries and caramelised almonds


12 August - Leftover pumpkin puree and the end of a bag of oats combined with vandotsch speculaas spice makes pumpkin and apple crumble muffins


22 July - If sultanas are your thing, check out Kate's speculaas spice infused sultana cookies


10 July - Karen’s speculaas spice infused muffins are gluten and cows milk free, in this recipe, but could be made with normal flour, and milk of your choice.


8 July - For a double speculaas spice hit combine Becky's speculaas waffle recipe with vandotsch speculaas ice cream


7 July -  vandotsch speculaas ice cream recipe relased and entered into Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream' challenge


4 July - Bristol-based Elaine infused her grandmother's rock cakes with vandotsch speculaas spice


1 July - Interview by - a recipe-sharing site where members add their recipes for other members, sharing one’s culture, family and memories through food.


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


22 June - Cambridge-based Helen used vandotsch speculaas spice in her mother's famous date biscuits 


16 June – Have you heard of Nanaimo bars? Scottish baker and foodblogger MrCakeyboi created this bar recipe infused with vandotsch speculaas spice


5 June – we are honoured to release the vandotsch speculaas spice infused

biscuit recipe from Manju Malhi - British-born chef and food writer, specialising in Anglo-Indian cuisine


26 May - cousin Liz's honey cake recipe released, of course infused with vandotsch speculaas spice  


16 May – our own vandotsch speculaas biscuit recipe released. That’s the same one you can buy here


9 May - our own vandotsch speculaas spice cake recipe released


5 May - the recipe website "All things Speculaas" goes live

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'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.




speculaas-homepage Speculaas-cake

vandotsch speculaas cake recipe here


vandotsch speculaas biscuit recipe here

speculaas icecream

vandotsch speculaas ice cream recipe here

Brendan Lynch Bundt cake recipe here

speculaas-spiced-apple-pecan-bundt-cake speculaas-rock-cake

Elaine's rock cake recipe here

vandotsch speculaas damson jam recipe

speculaas damson jam on matzos

vandotsch speculaas apple pie recipe

vandotsch speculaas apple pie Large windmill mill mold with spice pack