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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Australian born Briana Newstead, creator of brianaskitchen.com, is a London based writer, home baker and blogger. Passionate about the art of baking, because it is an art, Briana loves to create well thought out recipes that taste as good as they look, if not better.
What follows is an overview of the ingredients that Briana used to make the vandotsch speculaas spice infused almond and buckwheat cake served with spiced white chocolate mascarpone, macerated blackberries and caramelised almonds, including:
Makes approximately 12 slices
- 150g (3/4 cup) buckwheat groats
- 160g (1 2/3 cup) almond meal
- 140g butter
- 80g (3/4 cup) sugar
- 8g (1/2 teaspoons) vandotsch speculaas spice mix
- 4 medium eggs, separated
- 65g greek yoghurt (strained, if you can get it)
- 1/2 an orange, juice only
- 25ml whole milk
Ingredients for the caramelised almonds
- 100g blanched almonds
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 table spoon butter
Ingredients for the speculaas spiced white chocolate mascarpone
- 100g white chocolate
- 175g mascarpone
- 8g (1/2 teaspoon) vandotsch speculaas spice mix
I refer to Briana’s write-up for directions on how to bake her vandotsch speculaas spiced almond and buckwheat cake.
How to make Briana's speculaas spiced almond and buckwheat cake
“This stuff – vandotsch speculaas spice mix - is incredible, even the smell will blow you away.”
"Although you could make this cake with a regular spice mix, or just plain cinnamon (or without, if you’re not a fan), the speculaas spice mix is pretty special, and I’d certainly recommend giving it a try."
"It did taste divine - I love a good spice mix, but it is not always easy to find one that packs as much punch as yours does!”