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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While apparently a mild-mannered City professional during the week, describing herself as a 40-something Chartered Accountant working in the square mile, at weekends this committed cake maker turns into a woman on a mission, calling herself ‘The Caked Crusader’.
So, this promises to be a great recipe. In particular as per The Caked Crusader statement: “What has stopped me making speculaas thus far is the absence of an authentic spice mix, or recipe to make one.”
What follows is an overview of the ingredients that The Caked Crusader used to make the vandotsch speculaas spiced biscuits, including:
Makes a "fair number of biscuits"
For the biscuit dough:
- 250g self raising flour
- 125g soft brown sugar
- 15g (3 teaspoons) vandotsch speculaas spice mix
- 50g ground almonds
- 1 orange – zest only
- 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
For the glaze:
- 1 egg white, beaten
- 3 teaspoons soft brown sugar
- handful of flaked almonds
I refer to The Caked Crusader’s write-up for directions on how to bake her vandotsch speculaas spiced biscuits.
How to make the Caked Crusader speculaas biscuits
"Opening the sachet released a heavenly waft of warming spices and I sat there sniffing, turning away to let the smell disappear, and then turning back and inhaling again."
"I would have carried on doing this a lot longer had I not become aware of Mr CC watching me with a puzzled expression.”
The Caked Crusader