Delices and Gourmandises : The “Speculoos”
Speculoos is a molded biscuit used to be consumed during Advent and for Saint-Nicolas’ feast. It is a Belgian specialty; this spicy biscuit has also conquered the palates of the Germans, Dutch and French. Its name may derive from the word “Speculator” or bishop, but other sources indicate that it comes from the Latin “species” (spices).
The origin of speculoos
Speculoos’ origin dates back to the early Christian era. This tradition is also inspired by the Roman customs, which involve giving to children cookies with images of gods as a reward for their good behavior.
A cookie with special taste
The biscuit owes its particularity to its spicy flavor. The brown sugar gives this cookie its brown color and the aroma characteristic comes from cinnamon powder. To enhance the taste, some adds ginger powder, cloves, anise and cardamom to the preparation.
Speculoos’ basic recipe by Delices and Gourmandises
Delices and Gourmandises’speculoos are made with flour, brown sugar, softened butter and one egg. Cinnamon powder is one of the main ingredients, plus baking powder and salt. Other spices (ginger powder, cloves, anise …) are optional.
Beat the egg and stir in brown sugar, spices and softened butter. After mixing well, we have to pour the sifted flour and baking powder and salt. Knead the dough with your hands and form a ball and let stand overnight in a cool place.
Divide the dough into pieces and lower them using a rolling pin. Press into floured speculoos molds. Unmold on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in oven at 180°C until the cookies are golden brown. They should be crispy but not dry.
Traditionally, speculoos is served with hot coffee, but currently this cookie is found in many desserts like tiramisu and ice cream.
On Delices and Gourmandises’ catalog, you can discover delicious speculoos prepared following the traditional recipe.