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Cookies & Biscuits/ Dutch Recipes

Speculaasbrokken

Speculaasbrokken‘ are another Dutch cookie that I love, the taste is SO addictive. It is baked as one big slab and you break it up in big crunchy chunks afterwards. They are basically a thick version of the speculaas cookies. The ‘speculaas’ spices are a mixture of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, white pepper, ginger, cardamom and aniseed.

Speculaasbrokken

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Ingredients

  • 200 gram all purpose flour
  • 100 gram brown sugar
  • 100 gram butter, diced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon egg, beaten (save the rest for the egg wash)
  • 4 teaspoons 'speculaas' spices (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • milk (optional)

Instructions

1

Sift flour, baking powder and speculaas spices in to a bowl.

2

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the milk

3

Knead the ingredients together until it forms a dough and it comes away from the sides.

4

If the dough is too dry, add milk. One tablespoon at the time (my dough only needed 1 tablespoon milk).

5

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

6

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and line a baking sheet with baking paper.

7

After 30 minutes, roll out the dough until it's about 0.5 cm thick. You can roll out any shape you want.

8

Glaze the dough with the egg wash (you can decorate it with almonds if you like).

9

Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven.

10

Leave on the baking sheet until cool.

11

Break the speculaas slab into big chunks.

Dutch Recipes

Speculaas Spices

Short recipe how to make ‘speculaaskruiden‘ (speculaas spices)

Speculaas Spices

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Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Instructions

1

Mix spices together and store in sealed jar.

Breads & Buns/ Dutch Recipes

Speculaas Twist Bread

I recently bought a little jar of ‘speculaas‘ spices (they are a mixture of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, white pepper and a few others) and I was trying to come up with something I could bake that was different than the obvious ‘pepernoten’ or ‘speculaas’ cookies. I decided to go with a recipe mix of a Nutella Twist Bread and Cinnamon bread rolls. Instead of adding cinnamon to the butter/sugar mixture, I added some ‘speculaas’ spices. That was a great idea because the bread is delicious!

Speculaas Twist Bread

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Ingredients

  • 7 gram active dry yeast (1 sachet)
  • 250 ml warm milk
  • 30 gram sugar
  • 400 gram all purpose flour (high grade)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50 gram soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • -- For the filling--
  • 50 gram soft butter
  • 4-5 tablespoon sugar (brown or caster)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Speculaas spices
  • Icing sugar for decoration (optional)

Instructions

1

Mix yeast, milk, sugar and egg together in a bowl or measuring jug. Leave for 10 minutes for the yeast to activate.

2

Add flour and salt in a bowl of a stand mixer.

3

Once yeast is foamy, add to the flour and salt. Also add the soft butter.

4

Knead the dough with dough hook for about 5-10 min until smooth (if the dough is a bit too sticky add a bit of flour).

5

Take the dough out of the bowl, it should be a pretty clean bowl. Oil the bowl, put the dough back and cover with plastic wrap.

6

Place the bowl in a warm space, for example the oven turned off. Let it double in size. This takes between 1-2 hours usually.

7

For the filling combine the butter, sugar and speculaas spices until a spreadable consistency.

8

Once the dough is doubled in size, deflate the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle, about 1 cm thick.

9

Spread the dough with the speculaas filling and roll up from the long side.

10

Cut through the centre of the roll of dough and twist each side over the other.

11

Bring the two ends together to form a circle and press the dough together to make a nice looking twist.

12

Cover the bread with an oiled plastic wrap and let it rise again until double in size.

13

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

14

Place the bread in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. You can cover the bread with aluminum foil near the end if the top browns too fast.

15

Let the twist bread cool on a wire rack before dusting with icing sugar.

Notes

If the dough is too sticky add a little bit more flour. It should feel sticky to touch but not so sticky that the dough keeps sticking to your fingers. If you don't have Speculaas Spices, there are plenty of recipes to find that tell you how to make these spices.