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December 6, 2014 / TheBosoms

#259 Holiday gift

This ‘Bosoms‘ gingerbread mold (or in Dutch ‘speculaasvorm’) is the perfect gender-nonconforming holiday gift.
Your kitchen is incomplete without it.
Made from strong bamboowood and meant to withstand the holiday seasons’ cooking pressures and any type of family drama.

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Recipe for speculaas — Dutch cinnamon spiced cookies

This easy recipe for traditional Dutch speculaas cookies will fill your home with the most beautiful baking smell sand your cookie jar with the best tasting cookies. You might know these traditional Dutch treats as windmill cookies, Biscoff cookies or speculoos (their Flemish name).

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups self-rising flour (200 g)
1/2 cup ‘donkerbruine basterdsuiker’ or pure cane sugar (demerera), (100 g)
7 tbsp butter (100 g)
2-3 tbsp milk
3 tsp ‘speculaaskruiden’ or pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
The finely grated zest of half an orange
A sprinkling of extra flour to dust the work surface.
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OPTIONAL
1 egg white, beaten
Extra brown sugar
Flaked almonds

PREPARATION

Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl and knead. You should be able to shape the dough into a ball without it sticking to your hands. Cover the dough ball with plastic wrap and set aside for an hour. This allows the spices to work their magic.

Preheat the oven to 347 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease a baking sheet.

Flour your work surface and press your dough into an even, flat layer. Using a cookie cutter, cut shapes from the dough and place on the greased baking sheet (or: put the dow into a mold! Like the Bosoms’ one). After taking the dow out of the mold: brush with egg white and sprinkle some brown sugar and flaked almonds on top of each cookie. Bake for about 10-25 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the cookies, or until you can see that the almonds are caramelizing and the cookies are turning a slightly darker shade of brown. Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Makes about 2 dozen speculaas cookies.

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