The Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas on the evening of 5th December. This day has it's own set of sweets like the chocolate letters, kruidnootjes (speculoos biscuits/Biscoff biscuits) and pepernootjes. The ingredient that is nearly always present in these traditional sweets is speculoos. In the Netherlands you can buy the speculoos spices however I haven't yet found these spices in Melbourne. So to savour these typical Sinterklaas biscuits I prepared the spice mix myself.
Recipe origin: Dutch Food - Speculaskruiden
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground mace
- 1/3 tsp ground ginger
- a pinch white pepper
- a pinch ground cardamom
- a pinch of ground coriander seeds
- a pinch of ground anise seeds
- a pinch of grated nutmeg
- Mix all spices together;
- Use in any Sinterklaas recipes!
[Image Source: Culicool Recept Speculaaskruiden]