Nov 3, 2009

Speculaas Spice

 

I’ve been harassed, solicited, stalked and followed by numerous people demanding a Speculaas spice recipe. Oh, you know who you are! Now I could either go in hiding—wait for them to get bored with me and find another Dutch blogger to badger—or I could suck it up and try to come up with something to get the angry mob off my back. Preferably before they’d break out the pitchforks and torches. I decided the latter was more my style.

All kidding aside, we usually buy this spice blend premade but I’m always up for a challenge. Tried several different combinations and found that it’s really, really hard to duplicate the store bought blend. But the judges mutuallly settled on this version. It’s a little more cinnamony, which we really like. In fact, we like it so much that I doubt we’ll be buying another commercial spice mix anytime soon.

 

Ingredients:

4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp mace

 

Directions:

Mix it all up. There. All ready! You’re grateful for my storyboards, aren’t you? I just spared you a scrolling trip past 9 photos of me putting spices in a bowl.

 

Note: for an even more authentic speculaas flavor, put 1 tsp anise seeds and 1 tsp coriander seeds in a mortar, grind them with the pestle and add them to the blend. I didn’t add them because I know a lot of people don’t have them on hand.

 

How I love these simple postings! I wish you could smell this. If only we could bring smell to the Internet.

Crank up your oven. We’re gonna do some baking.