white pepper: 1 post

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.

Continue reading →

From the Archives

Latest Comments

  • Tourmaline in Scent Diary : In Search of Lost Time: Hi Victoria and Perfume Lovers, When I’ve been out in my 41-year-old car, driven back into my garage and stepped out of the car, I often smell an aroma that… June 17, 2019 at 10:28am

  • Tourmaline in How I Learn Languages 3 : How to Pick a Tutor on Italki: Hi Victoria, I just wanted to say thank you for this series of posts. I am sure to use all your suggestions the next time I tackle a language. Your… June 16, 2019 at 9:18pm

  • Silvermoon in Scent of Cherries: Cherry (fruit) is something I would never think to choose in a perfume. Cherry (flower) is what comes to mind. Amazed to read that Lolita Lempiska is supposed to have… June 15, 2019 at 12:52pm

  • OnWingsofSaffron in Scent of Cherries: It’s not really the sweetness: it’s the Cherry Coke cuteness; a naive gaudiness; something giggling— June 15, 2019 at 9:44am

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2019 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy