One of Fred's favorite things of the winter/Christmas season is speculaas. It comes in small pieces, big pieces, soft, crunchy and filled or coupled with marzipan. For some reason, I have enjoyed the speculaas quite a bit this year. Usually it's just one of those things I shrug at. If you find a speculaas recipe on the Internet in Dutch, it usually says, "Brown sugar, milk, eggs, flour and...speculaas herbs." Presumably, you can get the speculaas herbs in a packet at the grocery store.
A little further research led me to a website that broke the code and told me that these herbs are a mixture of all or some of the following: cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
So it's a spicy cookie that has no equivilant in the US - and probably not in the UK either. And here I leave myself open for people to comment and tell me that it's very common where they're from.
Other runners up for S were Sinterklaas, sneeuw (snow) and steeking.
I'm bound and determined to do the rest of these letters before the year is out. There are seven to go. Stay tuned.
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2 weeks ago
Much as I would love to tell you that Speculaas is the most common biscuit in the UK, I think it really is one of those typical Dutch things.
Or, at least, from this general part of Europe. I'm pretty sure they'll have it in Belgium and probably in Germany too.
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