Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I found this lovely website the other day and was very impressed by all the photos of the snowflakes. Not that I shall be expecting to see any in South Africa!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Happy 50th Zabeena!!! Happy 30th Sally!!! AND happy 60th Dad!!!!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Gevulde speculaas

I found the recipe for this at the Hollandse Pot website and after a quick translation here is the recipe that I followed:
250g self raising flour
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons speculaas spices - available at the German Christmas market at the mo!
150g golden caster sugar
150g butter
2 teaspoons milk plus a little for brushing
250g marzipan
50g sliced almonds
In a mixer place flour, salt, sugar, spices and butter. Blitz to breadcrumbs and then slowly add the milk as if you were making pastry (I needed a little more than 2 teaspoons in the end). Then I would suggest leaving it to rest in the fridge for 30min or so as I tried to roll it out straight away but it was a bit soft. Roll out the marizpan to about 1 cm in depth and then roll out the dough to twice this size. Place the marizipan inside dough and fold over so that it is totally encased in dough. Stick down the edges with a little milk and brush the top with milk also. Scatter over the sliced almonds and bake in a preheated oven at 150°C for 30 to 40 min. Allow to cool and then enjoy with a cup of tea or mulled wine!
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