Autumn Recipes
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Speculaas Digestives

A true fusion of traditional British-Belgian baking. The speculaas spices, originating in the low countries are a hit time and time again. Speculaas is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, ginger, coriander and cardamom. No wonder everyone loves it – a happy marriage of flavours and aromas.

A local shop was selling packets of the speculaas spice, alongside some cut-out wooden shapes typical of the Flemish-Dutch speculaas biscuits and a free recipe.

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I gave it a bash and spent a lot of time dusting the wooden shapes, pressing the dough into the shape, scraping the excess dough of the wood and placing the final wind-mill shaped biscuit onto the baking tray. The recipe called for some baking powder (I used soda and buttermilk instead) which resulted in the wings of the wind-mill disappearing as the leavening agents allowed the dough to rise in the oven – a bit disappointing but the taste was still excellent. The children didn’t complain and demanded I make them again.

Then I lost the recipe – but not the spice, nor the children demanding more. So, here below is a digestive version of the speculaas biscuits, heart shaped rather than wind-mill shaped. Very nice with a warm cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

250 gr butter.

250 gr flour. *

100 gr rolled oats.

125 gr dark brown sugar.

2 tsp. speculaas spices.

A pinch of salt.

1 tsp. of baking powder.

A drizzle of buttermilk.

Directions

Mix the flour and butter together until they resemble fine bread crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and knead into a dough. Roll out and cut into shapes.

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Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160 degrees centigrade for 15-20 minutes.

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Leave to cool on a wire rack until hard.

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* You can use any flour – spelt, wheat, sprouted – whole grain or just ordinary strong or soft white flour. Sprouted flour, if you can get hold of it, works very well.

3 Comments

  1. Sounds great !! Will have DH pick me up some Speculaas spice when in Brussels shortly…. Added to my “cookies to try” list 😉

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