Friday, December 10, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie Speculoos

My very cute Santas
This month in FFwD we get to pick the order of what we make. Since I'm in the middle of Christmas baking, I chose to make the Speculoos. In Dutch Speculaas! My husband's family is from Holland and Speculaas is a traditional Christmas cookie. When my son was about 15 months old, my mother-in-law went to Holland to visit her family. When she came home she brought these beautiful BIG cookies shaped like old world Santas. She told me they were Speculass and were given to all the children of Holland at Christmas. Over the years I tried to replicate this cookie. I tried all kinds of recipes mostly without success. When I visited Holland I had brought back Speculaas molds with great expectations, but no recipe and no luck.  A few years ago I found a wonderful recipe. I have been making it ever since. I have not used those molds though…until last night. I loved Dorie's recipe for Speculoos. I found this recipe easy to work with. I made the dough in the morning and put it in the refrigerator for about 5 hours. The dough was pliable and the cookie was delicious. I finally got to use my Santa molds, so that I could give one to each of my grandchildren for Christmas. I have to perfect my painting of the cookie but I love the way they look.  I will be stopping by the craft store to get some food color that I could paint onto the Santas. I also rolled out the remainder of the dough and cut them into stars and trees. I did an egg white wash on them before I baked them.  I wasn't going to frost them and wanted them to have a slight shine. Loved this cookie and will definitely be making this again. In fact, I have already started my second batch. One thing I will do in my second batch is increase the spices…more cloves and some nutmeg. We like a little more spice!
This recipe is in the new Dorie Greenspan book 'Around My French Table'. Great book! Great Christmas gift! You can also find it here.

Flour mixture

Creaming sugars and butter

ready to add flour

Everything mixed and ready to be refrigerated

2 disks 




Egg wash gave a very nice sheen

Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Oh, they're beautiful! Good work on the painting!

    I'm going to try these out today, too, I think. Excellent idea with the egg-wash. :)

    Cheers,
    Karla

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  2. Lovely cookies! I look forward to making them too.

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  3. What lovely moulds! I will do the wash too now that I see how rick it makes these appear.
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

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  4. Oh I love your Santas! And thanks for the history on Speculoos. Everyone keeps asking me if they are really french - I just answered who cares? But I bet they'll taste good! At least now I have an actual response. Thanks!

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  5. How fun that you had the molds to use! Your cookies look fantastic! Glad they turned out so well! :)

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  6. The Santas are fabulous!!! Love the story behind the cookies for you too.

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  7. Love the molds! King Arthur always seems to have beautiful presses for Speculas that make me (almost) itch to try my hand at this... Very beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful Santas! We make springerle at my house - my late mother-in-law was German and I've taken over her cookie-making traditions. I'm thinking, though, after seeing your Santas, that I'd like to get a couple speculaas molds too.

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  9. Your cookies look great, especially the Santas! Fabulous!

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  10. oh WOW! Your Santa cookies are beautiful!!

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  11. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I can't believe someone actually reads my blog. I love checking out what you are all doing and writing about. You're all very talented!

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  12. Kathy: your blog got passed from Aunt Elaine to my mom to me and I love checking it out! i guess the love of the kitchen is a family trait; i regularly photograph my food and take on ridiculous projects like homemade ravioli... enjoy the holiday season!! and the santas look beautiful

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  13. WOW, they look spectacular, and if you don't mail one of them to me I will be very upset, LOL The 'paint' job is excellent. One of my favorite cookies in the whole world. Your grands are gonna flip!!!

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  14. Really pretty cookies! I am going to make them this week - thanks for the tips about more spices :) and the painting - very festive!

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