Speculoos Spice, straight from Belgium. This is the spice mix that begs to be used during the holidays. Think of gingerbread. Now think about that blend in pumpkin pie or sweet potatoes or bran muffins. Go out on a limb and think of it giving your whipped cream a bit of extra zing. A blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and yes, black pepper. Biscoff spread? Use this mix and you have the real Belgian taste.
How did I come by this authentic mix? One of my favorite cities in Europe is Bruges, Belgium. For a food lover, it is a small paradise. Go down one street and you smell chocolate, the next frites (we would call them French fries), another waffles and another cookies. Different streets are lined with shops featuring a particular specialty.
There is one street just off the main square that is lined with biscuit (we would call them cookie) bakeries. For some there are jewelry stores, for me there are bakeries. You can select a variety of different cookies. They are sold by weight. Then pick out one of the many unique tins to take them home in.
One of the most popular and well-known type of biscuits are Speculoos. Imagine my excitement when in one of those bakeries, I found a cookbook titled Speculoos – in English. Yes I snapped it up. I have since found this lovely cookbook (Juliette’s Speculoos)on Amazon.
This recipe with one minor change, is the basic speculoos spice mix from Juliette’s Biscuit Bakery in Bruge. This version here has been converted to use volume rather than weight. I have also slightly reduced the amount of cloves.
Now you can buy Speculoos Mix , but I prefer to make my own. It is a great hostess gift for the holidays. Check out this post for my adaptation of traditional Speculoos Cookies or as they are known in Europe, Biscuits. If you want a lighter version of authentic Belgian Speculoos Cookies check out my Vanilla Speculoos Cookie recipe.
- 1 1/4 tsp black pepper, finely ground
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp cloves
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
- 3 tbsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp cardamom
- mix all ingredients together and keep in an airtight jar or tin
This spice mix is the basis for the classic Belgian cookie. But, don't limit to just cookies. It is wonderful in pumpkin pie, pancakes, over butternut or acorn squash.
Amount Per Serving Calories 7Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 0g