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17 - Stuffed Speculaas
16-NOV-2011 Maaike Huizer

17 - Stuffed Speculaas

Well, I wouldn't dare to throw this away, but I know I should give my portion to somebody else.
For the obvious reason. lollol

Speculaas is a type of shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption on St Nicholas' Eve in the Netherlands (December 5)
and Belgium (December 6). In recent decades it has become available all year round. Speculaas 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.

Almond paste is made from ground almonds or almond meal and sugar, typically 50-55%, with a small amount of cooking oil, beaten
eggs, heavy cream or corn syrup[1] added to bind the two ingredients. It is similar to marzipan but marzipan contains more sugar than
almond paste, and often contains additional ingredients such as food preserves and food coloring. Almond paste has much less sugar,
typically 50-55% compared to 75-85% sugar for marzipan of cheap quality. Almond paste is used as a filling in pastries, but it can also
be found in chocolates and as a higher quality alternative to marzipan. In commercially manufactured almond paste, ground apricot or
peach kernels are sometimes added to keep the cost down (also known as persipan).

In the Netherlands, almond paste is used in gevulde speculaas (stuffed brown-spiced biscuit)

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Jérôme Le Dorze27-Nov-2011 14:56
I could not resist, very appetizing shot !!!
Jola Dziubinska19-Nov-2011 23:26
How I understand your feelings, Maaike... :)
Mairéad19-Nov-2011 21:54
These look wonderful - I love almonds.
Steve Sharp19-Nov-2011 10:11
Those looks spectacularly delicious :)
Cindi Smith18-Nov-2011 03:14
Oh, that looks delicious! Have never had them.
maggie_falconi18-Nov-2011 02:16
I Agree with Steph!! They look and sound delicious Maaike, well done!! V
Brenda17-Nov-2011 23:05
I'm drooling. I love gevulde koekje and I love speculaas. I've never had the two together. I'm going to call my mother tonight! V
Karen Stuebing17-Nov-2011 22:42
This not only sounds delicious, this photo makes my mouth water. Fabulous close up and food photography which is not the easiest to capture this well. V.
Sheila17-Nov-2011 22:33
Fabulous food shot!
I have been reading in a food blog,( by an American in Paris) how everyone just loves
Speculaas. I must try some post haste.
Ed Goodnight17-Nov-2011 19:26
I need some
Janice Dunn17-Nov-2011 18:57
Oh Maaike - this looks so tasty.
borisalex17-Nov-2011 16:57
See also this link:
borisalex17-Nov-2011 16:55
Reading your lines makes me wonder! Almond paste is marzipan in pure version and there is another one called frangipan, a comercial product, which is the cheaper version, used for stuffings like in your case or from bakeries to stuff croissants! Marzipan you can make yourself just use almond flour and mix with powder sugar! See also:
borisalex17-Nov-2011 16:46
They sure look and taste good, I love marzipan!
Mary Terry17-Nov-2011 15:54
Looks tasty!
J. Scott Coile17-Nov-2011 15:40
I just licked my screen but couldn't taste it ;-)
Norman Richard17-Nov-2011 12:13
I could stuff myself here! :) V
Yvonne17-Nov-2011 09:27
Oh I love the normal Speculaas and can imagine they would be wonderful with
the almond paste Maaike! v
Mieke WA Minkjan17-Nov-2011 07:09
beautiful Maaike, so appetising
mooi gecomponeerd V
(ik kan het hier wel kopen, maar mis de Nederlandse sfeer er omheen)
Dawn McKenzie-Wykes17-Nov-2011 05:58
I want a piece... LOL... looks delicious.
Stephanie16-Nov-2011 20:49
Not only do these sound delicious ~ they look delicious! BV
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)16-Nov-2011 16:48
Excellent in all ways.BV