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Speculaas carrot Bundt cake

Thursday 14th April 2016

Rosie's carrot cake has always been a firm favourite in her house.

Mixing her recipe up to include sweet potato and vandotsch speculaas spice mix has taken it to a whole new, delicious level!

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Speculaas raisin bun

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Raisin buns are called ‘krentenbollen’ in Dutch - krenten’ means currants.

A speculaas raisin bun has elements of a hot cross bun and a krentenbol: not only the raisins and currants are infused with vandotsch speculaas spice but also the dough.

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Speculaas bagels

Saturday 14th November 2015

Frank Zweerus – best artisan bagel baker in The Netherlands – used vandotsch speculaas spice to create Betterbagels Speculaas Bagels.

Frank makes his bagels in a semi-artisan way, using traditional methods, in his own bakery called BetterBagels, in Leiden, where the bagels are boiled before being baked. This provides a unique taste and texture.

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Speculaas orange challah

Tuesday 8th September 2015

Challah is a special Jewish bread, usually braided and typically eaten on ceremonial occasions such as the Sabbath and major Jewish festivals (other than Passover).

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the challah is often rolled into a circular shape, referred to as a "Turban Challah". Let's make a vandotsch speculaas spiced orange 'Turban Challah' with raisins and currants.

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Speculaas cheesecake

Saturday 29th August 2015

Speculaas cheesecake with damson jam. Having a jar of vandotsch speculaas spice infused damson jam in the fridge I decided to use some to make a speculaas damson cheesecake.

That was a good move!

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Speculaas damson jam

Friday 21st August 2015

It's August, it must be time for vandotsch speculaas spice infused damson jam. Damsons are part of the plum family, shaped oval and when ripe very dark blue purple, almost black.

Having harvested about 3kg of fresh and juicy damsons. I decided to pair them with home grown blackberries and vandotsch speculaas spice to make speculaas spice damson jam.


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Sterilising glass jars

Saturday 1st August 2015

Clean sterilised jars are essential to the success and longevity of the jams and preserves you spend a lot of time making.

Obviously, at The Speculaas Spice Company we sterialise our 60ml vandotsch speculaas spice jars in exactly the same way.

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Speculaas cheesecake with applebutter

Sunday 14th June 2015

UK Award Winning British Pastry Chef Emma Carlton used some of our speculaas spice to create a speculaas cheesecake with apple butter and vanilla.

This recipe embraces the aromatics and warmth of the vandotsch speculaas spice mix. The richness and tang of fresh cream cheese, finished with a sweet and sour applebutter is a delightful combination

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Speculaas windmill biscuits

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Traditionally, speculaas biscuits are made in The Netherlands using wooden molds. They are the mirror image of the carved wooden moulds they are shaped in.

What to do with the wooden mold, how to make the vandotsch speculaas spiced dough, how to get the dough out of the molds and how to bake your speculaas biscuits or cookies. All your questions are answered here, and more.

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speculaas snickerdoodle cookie

Wednesday 1st October 2014

April Harris' Speculaas Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe is the result of the combination of her late mom’s Snickerdoodle recipe with vandotsch speculaas spice mix.

A Snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled traditionally in cinnamon sugar.

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