I love spices; and I have a collection of spices much more than my mom ever had. May be because of I am from the spice land of world. I cook with spices every day; it will be my tea, breakfast and even dinner. After coming here I got introduced to Cajun spices, I love that blend too. So how can a spice lover can sit quiet when daring baker challenge is to make Gevulde speculaas/Dutch spice pastry? This month challenge was hosted by Francijn from Koken in de Brouwerij . Even after several no from my hubby, I made this delicious dessert.
My connection with Netherlands is that I traveled with KLM and done transits at Amsterdam. I want to visit Amsterdam once; but I don’t know when that day will come.
Gevulde speculaas means stuffed speculass, and stuffing is usually done with almond and egg paste. The bottom and top part of pastry is made with flour, butter, baking powder, brown sugar and spices. Speculaas spices / Speculaaskruiden includecinnamon, cloves, mace and ginger, and also these spices to taste: pepper, cardamom, coriander, anise seeds and nutmeg. Ratio in which speculass spices is like this Cinnamon is 40 to 60 % of the total amount, ground cloves 1 or 2 parts, mace ½ or 1 part, ginger ½ or 1 part . If you can find following spices then you should add along the rest of spices and its ratio should be white pepper ½ or 1 part, cardamom ½ or 1 part, coriander ½ or 1 part, anise ½ or 1 part and nutmeg 1 or 2 parts of total spices.
I made this pastry with whole white wheat flour and also reduced the amount of sugar and butter as much as possible. However, with spices I didn’t want to compromise so I used entire list of spices, freshly grind using my coffee grinder. I made my own almond meal too. I used 16 almonds for decoration on the top. They are delicious and rich. I have some scrap left, and made them into a cookie with it. It is really tasty. Adding whole wheat flour doesn’t affect the taste. It is really good with tea. It is in between a cake and pastry.
If you are spice fan like me try this, it is easy to put together and delicious. These spice mix is really good, may be in future I may try it in cake or muffin.
Here comes the recipe.
Grab your ingredients, and first blanch the almond and makes speculaas spices.
Then makes almond egg paste with egg, lemon zest and ground almonds and speculaas dough.