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 recipes you can make using vandotsch speculaas spice mix.
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.
I often make butter cake when we have people for lunch, tea or dinner. As it’s quite a ‘heavy’ cake I always cut it in small pieces.
What is a boterkoek?
A Dutch butter cake is a flat round cake traditionally prepared with unsalted butter. The cake is made in a round shaped baking tin with a diameter of 20-24 centimeters. It must be prepared with real butter. Without this you will not get the taste of real butter cake.
Other ingredients are flour, sugar, a little salt and egg. A part of the (beaten) egg is also used for brushing the top so that the cake gets a shiny, golden-brown crust.
How to make the vandotsch speculaas boterkoek with ginger
What follows are the ingredients I used to make the boterkoek with vandotsch speculaas spice infused pieces of ginger and ginger syrup.
- 350 grams flour
- 250 grams of unsalted butter
- 250 grams of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1tsp tea of vandotsch speculaas spice mix
- 1 tbsp vandotsch speculaas spice infused ginger pieces and ginger syrup.
- 1 egg to lubricate
- a few sliced almonds for garnish
- Put the flour with a pinch of salt, sugar and vandotsch speculaas spice in a bowl. Add butter in small pieces, the egg yolk and vandotsch speculaas spice infused ginger pieces and ginger syrup. Knead into a cohesive mixture
- preheat the oven to 180°C.
-Grease the baking tin with some butter and dust it with some flour. Press the dough into the tin. Make sure the butter cake has everywhere the same thickness
- Use a fork to draw a ‘railway line’ pattern. Brush the top of the dough with the rest of the egg mixed with the almonds
- Bake the butter cake in the middle of the oven for 20 min. Until tender.
Tip: Check your speculaas boterkoek regularly so that the top is not black.
- Cool the cake in the form.
- Cut in pieces.
- Add some ice cream, such as vandotsch speculaas spice ginger ice cream.
Bon appetit - eet smakelijk!
How to make vandotsch speculaas boterkoek with ginger