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Belgian Gingerbread Treasure : Speculoos (Speculaas)

It’s called spéculoos in French, speculaas in Dutch, and Spekulatius in German, but by whatever name you call this fragrant gingerbread cookie, it will always evoke the scent of holidays in this part of the world. Speculoos may look humble, but take one bite, and you will know why it’s a favorite among Belgians. Perfumed with cinnamon, clove and cardamom, the cookie tastes of butter and caramel, and it’s impossible to have just one.

For me, speculoos is one of the quintessential Belgian tastes. Of course, there are also fries and waffles, but speculoos have their place of honor in this small country of 10 million, bridging the cultural divide between Dutch-speaking Flanders in the North and Francophone Wallonia in the South. Speculoos are eaten all over the Benelux region, with some areas such as Hasselt specializing in their own unique versions. Traditionally, the cookies were baked to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day on December 5th in the Netherlands and December 6th in Belgium, but today you can find them at bakeries all year round. In Paris you will be served your expresso with a square of dark chocolate, but your lait russe (café au lait) in Brussels will arrive with speculoos on the side.

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  • Liliane Oyen in Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea: Wow this is great. Thank you for dealing this article. It’s amazing! Can you also teach us/me how to buy this? February 27, 2017 at 5:06pm

  • Victoria in Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea: Do try the flowers in a lemonade though. They don’t have a strong taste, but they give a great color, and it all supposed to be good for you. February 27, 2017 at 5:05pm

  • Connie in Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea: going to try it ..ordered it today. Will let you know how and if it works out. Sometimes experiments work out and sometimes they don’t. 🙂 got to see how… February 27, 2017 at 3:00pm

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