I’ve been suffering from the dreaded lurgy for the last week, so sadly haven’t been able to post any of the Christmas recipes I’d planned to over the last few days. I did manage to drag myself off my sick sofa for an hour or so today (and away from repeats of Nigellissima and Jamie’s Christmas…mmmm…) to make another batch of Speculaas however. Speculaas, or Speculoos, depending on where you’re from, is a traditional continental European Christmas biscuit. When I was younger my aunt and uncle lived in Holland and always brought all sorts of exotic festive goodies over for Christmas. Remember this was in the days before Aldi, Lidl and German Christmas markets up and down the UK so the sight of things like lebkuchen, gingerbread houses and speculaas was so foreign and exciting and just meant one thing – Christmas is here!
I found this recipe on BBC Food a few years ago and have made at least one batch every year since. They are really easy, keep brilliantly in the biscuit tin for ages (as if that’s really going to be a problem!) and most of all, they just smell and taste like Christmas!
It depends on what size of cutter you’re using, but this makes around 20. I have a snowflake and Christmas tree cutter from Munich Christmas market, suitably festive I think!
- 100g plain flour
- 50g muscovado sugar
- 70g butter
- 1 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp finely chopped candied peel
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- flaked almonds
Mix together all the ingredients apart from the almonds and mixed peel. Once the mixture is beginning to come together, add in the peel, and continue to combine until it has formed a dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until around 1/2 cm thick. Mmmm inhale that Christmas smell! Cut out and place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Decorate with the flaked almonds and bake at 180 degrees for around 10-12 minutes. The biscuits will still look quite soft and doughy at this point but don’t worry, they will harden up as they cool! Dust with a little icing sugar and that’s it, easy peasy! Perfect with a Baileys coffee! 😉
Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you all have a fantastically festive time 🙂