I love experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen. I have recently been sent a spice mix to review from the Speculaas Spice Company. Speculaas is a Dutch spice mix dating from the 17th Century when Dutch bakers began to make their own secret spice mixes.
As soon as I opened the packet the overwhelming aroma of spices filled the room with an exotic fragrance. I must say I have never been into cinnamon that much but I liked it. The mix is made of cinnamon, ginger and other spices so it tastes fresh and pleasant.
I took the perfect opportunity of putting my bored children at work. They loved preparing the biscuits and of course eating most of them afterwards! I have used ground almonds and orange essence for a nutty and perfumed consistency and I topped them with dark chocolate and some toasted hazelnuts to make them truly addictive.
- Prep Time : 25 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
Put the egg and the sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Combine well with your hands to make a ball. If it feels sticky place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Make small balls the size of a walnut
then flatten them with your hands
Lay them on a greased baking tray. Cook for 20 minutes at 190C.
Take the biscuits out of the oven. Melt the chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water then with a teaspoon put some melted chocolate over each biscuits.
Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts and enjoy!