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SPECULOOS – the paste that grabs you and never lets go…….

Okay, here’s the deal.  I’m in France and I walk everywhere.   EVERYWHERE.    When I’m not walking I’m on a train, when I get off the train I walk some more. I climb steps and would give the Stair Master a run for its money.  My husband cannot keep up with me.   And because of this little activity – that is always necessary (because we have no car) it has become a way to drop weight plus be most adventuresome.  AND, because we are walking so much absolutely everywhere,  my pants/jeans/slacks are falling off my body.  The only pants that I  have left that I can wear into Paris now are my PAJAMA JEANS – because they have this little tie at the waist.  Sacre Bleu!!! Pajama Jeans into Paris!!! Does anyone know I do  this?  I do hope not!!    David’s slacks  have even surpassed my falling pants and  he had to put an additional rung in his belt because it would have been embarrassing to see them fall in class while teaching!!  🙂

But then something happened.  I discovered SPECULOOS.   For those of you that are not aware of this tasty treat, I encourage you to read about it on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculoos

Spices used for Speculaas (a Dutch cookie). Sp...

Spices used for Speculaas (a Dutch cookie). Speculaas blend (Speculaaskruiden) 15 gr cinnamon (kaneel), 2 gr cloves (kruidnagel), 2 gr nutmeg (nootmuskaat), 1 gr white peppercorn (witte peper), 1 gr ginger powder (gemberpoeder), ½ gr cardamom seeds (from the green pods) (kardemomzaadjes). Grind in a coffee grinder or mortar. Nederlands: Speculaaskruiden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and then go out and try to find some. But those of you in the states, probably won’t find it.  I’ll have to bring (the PASTE)   to you.  It’s Dutch.    The cookie is known as  DUTCH WINDMILL COOKIES in the states. For those of you that work for the airlines, like I do – or are those that regularly fly FIRST CLASS on any particular airline, they serve these tasty cookies on the plane,

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speculaas_rokken_bakkerij_verbeek_brummen (Photo credit: ciao_yvon)

in order to keep you quiet when you’re expecting a hot meal because you are, after all,  in First Class and deserve that hot meal.   Sometimes it works.  They are so good, you just keep asking for more and the F/A’s keep bringing you more because that’s all that they can serve – plus designer chips.  ANYWAY,   It’s the most amazing paste  from a cookie ever.  You thought you liked PEANUT BUTTER?!?  Just you wait.  I have to blame my friend for this added weight gain, because she introduced it at the family party she gave and there’s no looking back.!!!  I ate the entire jar!!!!

Here’s the scoop from Wikipedia…….. (See how it’s pronounced!)

Speculoos (Dutch: Speculaas Dutch pronunciation: [spekyˈlaːs], Flemish Dutch: Speculoos, French: spéculoos) is a type of shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas’ feast in the Netherlands (December 5), Belgium (December 6),[1] and Northern France. In recent decades it has become available all year round. Speculoos are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most significantly, have some image or figure (often from the traditional stories about St. Nicholas) stamped on the front side before baking; the back is flat.

Speculoos dough does not rise much. Dutch and Belgian versions are baked with light brown (beet) sugar and baking powder. German Spekulatius uses baker’s ammonia as leavening agent. Spices used in speculoos are cinnamonnutmegclovesgingercardamom and white pepper. Most Speculoos versions are made from white flour, brown sugar, butter and spices. Some varieties use some almond flour and have slivered almonds embedded in the bottom. Belgian varieties use less or no spice.

AND THEN THEY MAKE IT INTO A PASTE………………!!!!!!        

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi! You don’t konw me, but my husband is a friend of yours. I have been following your blog and living in Paris vicariously through you. What a dream!

    Anyway, I had to respond to this post. I LOVE windmill cookies, especially when they have slices of almonds in them. We had them growing up in Dogtown many years ago. There was a small bakery in Dogtown that made them. YUM! When my duaghter was small (she is 27 y/o now, we used to get them a John’s Butcher Shoppe. Of all places! LOL

    Thanks for your blog! Love it! someday…….
    Joy Porter Drennan

    May 17, 2012
    • Hi Joy!
      I thot I replied to you – but it didn’t show up. So happy to hear you like my stuff – it’s just off top of my head – when I have the chance to write –
      we are both so busy with our prospective jobs – gives us little time. The other time is living the French bureaucracy and then the language is a huge
      deal (for me) anyway.. ……So there’s a lot to do – not to mention just seeing what there is to see!! I DO LOVE SPECULOOS THOugh, and had to limit myself
      because I honestly cannot stop eating it! LOL!!! Interesting about the bakery in Dogtown. Will have to see where it was when I get back – even though it’s probably
      gone now……..Thx for response Joy!!! Hello to TOM!!!

      May 26, 2012
  2. Hi! You don’t konw me, but my husband is a friend of yours. I have been following your blog and living in Paris vicariously through you. What a dream!

    Anyway, I had to respond to this post. I LOVE windmill cookies, especially when they have slices of almonds in them. We had them growing up in Dogtown many years ago. There was a small bakery in Dogtown that made them. YUM! When my duaghter was small (she is 27 y/o now), we used to get them a John’s Butcher Shoppe. Of all places! LOL

    Thanks for your blog! Love it! someday…….
    Joy Porter Drennan

    May 17, 2012
    • Thanks Joy!!! Appreciate the comments SO
      Much. We’ll have to meet up soon when we return
      For a short stay in August or Sept!!! OK!

      May 17, 2012
  3. it sounds fabulous! But walking everywhere and losing weight as a result sounds even more fabulous. I say that as I look at my much too large middle. Enjoy it all Marti!

    May 19, 2012
    • Ha ha – yes! It is good for the body, and the mind and especially SOUL. We all get those middles….they are hard to get rid of, but I refuse to do what the thin French women do at our ages & that is to drink only broth 2 -3times a week, take appetite suppressants, drink a lot of expresso & sometimes smoke (a lot). I’ll have my middle probably forEVER. LOL!!! I can get a belt on though, last rung, so that is good news 🙂

      May 19, 2012
  4. So interesting makes my mouth water!

    May 19, 2012

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