*panting* Okay, Melinda, Jeanette, and BBC! *pant* I caught up! I'm here! *wheeze* And look! I brought my Speculaas!
December 18, 2008
Name of Cookie: Belgian Speculaas
Occasion: A Cookie Party, and the Lazy Bakers!
Consituents: Speculaas--a buttery, spicy cookie
Speculaas comes from the Latin word for mirror, as BBC smartly discovered when she wrote about her cookies. These cookies are traditionally made using wooden molds--as Melinda shows us--hence the mirror name becomes clear. Speculaas can also be made with almond slivers, as Jeanette chose to do (see Melinda's blog for Jeanette's photos). They are a buttery, warm, and spicy cookie perfect for a winter cookie party.
I made these about 3 weeks ago, and from what I remember they were really easy to put together. Melinda warned me that they had a lot of ginger in them, but even though I don't like fresh ginger, baked ginger is generally a-ok. I put them together according to recipe--including cutting the butter in with 2 knives. I completely forgot BBC's advice to use the food processor to cut in the butter so this took a while. Luckily Joelf, Wilman, and I had put on A Christmas Story so I set myself up in front of the television and got to work.
Since I decided against buying the traditional wooden molds to shape the cookies, I rolled the dough into two logs and left them in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, as Joelf, Wilman and I got the apartment and ourselves ready for the cookie party, I sliced and baked the Speculaas. I must have forgotten that the recipe instructs to cut the cookies into 1/4 inch slices as mine are more like 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. The other Lazy Bakers blogged about their crisp cookies but mine were more tender. I am a little sad I forgot about this tip since I really love thin, crisp, spicy cookies. But mine were still good, I assure you!
The cookie party was a quiet affair. It was just at the beginning of the--dun dun duhhh: Arctic Blast!--and the roads were icy and the weather guessers promised a good deal of snow later in the night. The hardcore cookie partiers were all of my favorite people, and we ended the night a little high on sugar and buttered rums, gathered around the coffee table playing Apples to Apples. The snow didn't come for another day or so, but when it did (and it was the worst snowstorm in 40 years), I knew we were all well-armed with yummy cookies, including some tasty, spicy Speculaas.
A neat little video of Portland during the--dun dun duhhh: Arctic Blast!