Francijn of Koken in de Brouwerij was our January 2013 Daring Bakers’ Hostess and she challenged us to make the traditional Dutch pastry, Gevulda Speculaas, from scratch! That includes making our own spice mix, almond paste and dough! Delicious!
Now, freshly ground spice is my thing. So I got all excited about this challenge as it meant I would get to take out my spice grinder and mix a batch of Speculaas spice. Aromatic goodness. I couldn’t wait to try this month’s challenge.
I knew this was going to be one delicious treat to make. What I did not know how enjoyable the whole process would be and how much I would love it. My home smelled delicious while the baking was going on and as soon as it cooled down a bit, I cut a slice. Tasted a bit and then made coffee to drink and eat the whole slice. It was 1 am here in Denver. And I should have been fast asleep. But here I was, enjoying my baked piece of heaven. My friend, Swati, the bubbly, happy blogger at Chatkhor, is witness to the unfolding drama and knows that I baked this at midnight. How and Why ? Well you see, I made the dough and the almond mix and put them in the fridge to make this on the weekend. And then I forgot. Completely!
Posts on Facebook started to trickle in as they did on Pinterest. And then it hit me! OMG ! I was supposed to bake the Speculaas. And it was 10 pm. The husband declared he was off to bed. The child was already tucked in and fast asleep. But I had to do this. He tried to reason, that I could make it in the morning. But he had no idea, what effect the beautiful Speculaas posted in daring bakers had had on me, and how much I was beyond saving.
So, with a strange look, he went off and I got to work and baked the Speculaas . And am glad I did. Eating a whole slice of freshly baked Gevulda Speculaas with a cup of Turkish coffee at 1 am, and checking all the Daring baker’s blogs was way more relaxing than sleeping. Sleep started to take over in the wee hours of the morning, with a deep realization that despite baking it just in the nick of time, I am still going to be late in posting it.
So here is my very late posting of the Daring Baker’s challenge. I loved making this and shared a couple of slices with my neighbor across the street and got an immediate feedback that the flavors and texture were both exquisite.
Recipe adapted from the Daring Baker’s challenge