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Dutch biscuits for festive spice

Thursday 14th December 2017

Steven Dotsch tells Kerstin Rodgers about Speculaas, traditional Dutch spiced biscuits for the Food & Drink section of the Ham and High weekly - 14 December 2017.

A traditional Christmas biscuit from the Lowlands they are called Speculoos (Belgian Flemish) or Speculaas (Dutch). They are distinctively different.

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Speculaas?

Friday 1st December 2017

What is speculaas? A biscuit with a speculaas spice mix is a speculaas biscuit.

What is a speculaas spice mix? Why no speculaas spice mix is the same. Why is vandotsch speculaas spice mix so special?

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Live interview while making Speculaas biscuits

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Live interview while making vandotsch speculaas spiced infused biscuits.

Using the wooden mold Kerstin Rodgers award-winning supperclub chef, food travel blogger, photographer, author and food columnist at the Ham and High weekly had brought with her.

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Speculaas chocolate date balls

Saturday 19th August 2017

Using dates to make speculaas chocolate date balls with vandotsch speculaas spice mix and coating the date balls with dark chocolate is easy peasy.

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Retire? Not me

Thursday 15th June 2017

Steven Dotsch, 59, began to look around for something new to do as he approached his mid-50s. 

In 2014, while clearing out a desk, I discovered an old spice recipe of my Dutch grandmother in some of my father’s papers. And that's how it all started.


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Speculaas Truffles

Wednesday 10th May 2017

Speculaas truffles recipe from John Holland, as entered into the Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge 2015

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Windmill cutter added to the vandotsch speculaas spice range

Friday 10th March 2017

Very excited to announce that we have added a windmill cutter to the vandotsch speculaas spice range of accessory products.

It has now never been easier to make authentic Dutch Speculaas Windmill biscuits or cookies than with our windmill cutter. Simply roll out your speculaas spiced infused biscuit or cookie dough and cut it with the windmill cutter.


 

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Cherry and speculaas focaccia

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Based on Nigel Slater's 'Blackberry Focaccia', John Holland, aka 'Baker On Board' has created a cherry and speculaas focaccia - a sweet version of the popular Italian bread Focaccia.

The inclusion of the speculaas spice mix in this focaccia recipe helps to enhance the natural piquancy of the fruit and the tingling crunch of the spiced sugar is most satisfying.

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Scintillating Spices - Tastes of Christmas Past

Thursday 1st December 2016

Tastes of Christmas Past: keeping family memories alive with recreations of oma's Dotsch sweet tasting spice recipe.

Once the house starts filling up with the wonderful smells of the nine different spices, I get transported back to the smells and tastes of my childhood.

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Speculaas chocolate fudge

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Early November 2016 I started experimenting on how to make fudge. The end result: speculaas chocolate fudge. Huge success. Make them yourself now.

vandotsch speculaas spice infused speculaas chocolate fudge has since become part of my offering when I am doing markets.

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