Spekulatius Shortcrust Biscuit


We spent the past few days doing a bit of shopping and hubby has been resting quite a bit. Yesterday we took Sonia out to an indoor playground at Vivo City and asked Mom and Dad along. While strolling about we decided on an impromptu hop to Sentosa.. wasnt a planned one so theres no way mom and dad could have said no! lol

Anyway i think one of these days we might take them to USS.. see how!


So whats new peeps?? same old same old? well thats how it has been with us.. we are hoping to go to KL sometime end of this week but will hv to wait till after this wed.. if everything goes well with hubs laser surgery.. he plans to take us there for a short hols.. i guess he can see that his wife is in need of a short hols.. :op



Spekulatius (Germany), Speculaas (Netherlands), Speculaoos (Flamish), all the same but slightly different. Its a shortcrust biscuit filled with spices baked traditionally in Europe during early December. Its a very thin and crunchy biscuit filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamon and white pepper (depending on which recipe and country). In Europe they are baked with the image of St. Nicholas on the front with a flat back. The spices in this biscuit certainly gives it a very unique and enjoyable taste. I think hubby and I have finished one whole jar already! I decided to use round cutter for this cookies.. i wish i had their wooden forms but again with a price tag of EUR200 each.. u think its worth it? hmmm




Ingredients
500g flour
1 tsp baking powder
250g sugar
Seeds of 2 vanilla pods (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)
2 drops almond oil (I used almond essence)
2 eggs
200g cold butter, cubed
100g ground almonds
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
(I didnt hv ground cardamon and cloves so what i did was to use 2tsp of mix spices)

How to:
1. Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line two trays with baking paper. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Cream butter and sugar.. add in eggs.. add in both essence.. add in flour and also mix spices... wrap dough with clingwrap and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes... (i keep it overnight) The dough needs to be cold before you start cutting out shapes.

3. Roll the dough thinly, roughly 5mm thick, and use your desired cutters. Place cookies on the paper-lined trays and bake in the top half of the oven for roughly 10 minutes, or until golden brown... (i used 170C and bake it for 8mins)

4. Allow to cool down before peeling off the paper. Store the biscuits in a biscuit tin. The longer you keep them in the tin, the better they taste as all the flavours infuse throughout the biscuits.



Alrighty.. I hv to go now.. got to cook for my son bef he goes to school.. hv a blessed tuesday and bef i go i wanna thank Hairmi fm Brunei and also Liyanah for the macs order.. :o)

13 comments:

somuffins said...

Rima
... and in Malay we call it 'spekulasi', muahahahaa...

Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Hello Rima,
Love reading your blogs, also tried your cookies and cakes, came out very well, most impressed. Thank you so much. Hope you get to go to KL this oweekend, christmas galore at The Curve, lots of shopping.
Regards
Norafidah

p/s: good thing yr hubby went for the ops, now he can see how much you need some holiday and "me" time. o:DDD

Rima said...

CS
kahkahkah you've made my day!

Rima said...

Norafidah
lol lucky kan if not masih blur lagi pandangan dia hahaha.. i guess he can see it dari dulu tu sebab i selalu dapat tag along on his trips .. this time round lagi lah pandangan dia tajam kan.. nanti fm besok lagi tajam cos dah buat laser surgery hahaha

Ty for trying some of the recipes here.. the curve.. am not a big fan but will check out the christmas market there.. tks!

dukiaidah said...

hi rima,
kueh ni macam biskut ginger kan rima ..kalau betul, dulu time sekolah menengah ada recepi cam ni bila belajar homeecon ..

rima kat mana ye u beli spekuk u tu bila buat kek lapis? tak pernah nampak lah kat kedai2 c4 atau giant ? boleh ke gantikan herbs yg lain macam mix spice? your store ada jual tak rima.

Hilmar said...

These cookies are just lovely!!
^_^

Happy Holidays!!

CT Delima said...

AS'salam Rima

sekali pandang macam snow jatuh atas pokok jer kan so sweet. kalau dapat kat k.ct dah buat kudap2 depan tv dah ni Rima. rajin betul you ni kan :)

Rima said...

Dukiaidah
Its different.. no ginger is added so the taste more to cinnamon, cloves..

Spekkeok i am not too sure.. i do hv it in my store tho

Rima said...

Hilmar
oh goodness.. i cant stop looking at all the bready stuff in ur blog! happy hols to u and ur family too!

ninazsyafinaz said...

Dah salin..nak buat!! You just give me a way to use my mix spices..beli lepas tuh lupa nak guna kat resepi mana..ahaks

Yat Maria said...

Delightful biscuits babe..seriously! makes such a wonderful xmas gifts for friends..it's a bit pricey kan for that wooden thingy, i think la..
anyway, yg u terap2 pun dah v nice enuff pon ;)

about life said...

Hi Rima, this is Teck from Melbourne. I am in Singapore now, wonder u can help me, I came across a bakeware supper mart in Eunos, do u know about this place? Thank you.

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