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.
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Reading-based Jo is a freelance writer and food blogger who runs Comfort Bites - a blog that was designed to show that we can all enjoy good, comforting food whatever diet or lifestyle we follow. The blog caters for those on conventional diets, as well as vegetarian, vegan, paleo and dairy and gluten-free diets.
The paleo lifestyle, among other factors like getting enough sleep, exercise and reducing anxiety, promotes a natural diet that is designed to reduce inflammation in the body. According to Jo, “many people have found that they lose weight but also see an improvement in many health conditions after following the lifestyle, which seems to be growing in popularity in the UK”.
What follows is an overview of the ingredients that Jo used to make the vandotsch speculaas spice infused nutty apple muffins, including:
Makes 12 speculaas spiced apple muffins.
- 250g ground almonds
- 1 table spoon coconut flour
- a pinch of salt
- half a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 5g (1 teaspoon) vandotsch speculaas spice mix
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (in its liquid state)
- 3 tablespoons runny honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk (give the can a shake so the fat layer is absorbed into the rest)
- 2 eggs
- 2 eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into small squares
- handful of roasted, chopped hazelnuts for sprinkling
I refer to Jo's write-up for directions on how to bake her vandotsch speculaas spiced muffins.
How to make Jo's nutty paleo speculaas spiced apple muffins
“I found the flavour of the vandotsch speculaas spice blend warm, decadent, rich and just 'cosy' - it felt natural to pair it with apples and nuts because of the time of year that it is, but I'd use it for a richer, more intense flavour in place of just cinnamon on its own.”