How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

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My family has several recipes that help us celebrate the passage of seasons and holidays.  We feel bound by tradition to make theses dishes each year.  For instance, we prepare Speculoos cookies for Thanksgiving and St. Nicholas Day.  Below are other seasonal traditions in our home:

In the winter, we prepare French Onion Soup and Belgian Beef Carbonnade.  In Belgium and France, French Onion Soup often helps celebrate the New Year.  It’s perfect in the middle of winter after a night of celebration.  The soup is served in the wee hours of …

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English Toffee Made at Home

English Toffee Made at Home

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What’s the Difference between English Toffee and Almond Roca?
English toffee and Almond Roca are pretty much the same thing.  While English toffee describes a hardened caramel topped with chopped nuts and chocolate, Almond Roca refers to a brand name for the same treat.

Brown & Haley Co. from Tacoma, Washington has been making  Almond Roca since 1914. In the United States, Almond Roca has become synonymous for English toffee.  Almost everyone grew up eating toffee wrapped in gold foil out of their instantly-recognizable pink tins.   In our home, we offered either Almo…

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Bumbleberry Pie – Mixed Berries and Apple

Bumbleberry Pie – Mixed Berries and Apple

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What is Bumbleberry Pie?
At first I thought Bumbleberry Pie was a sweet baked good featuring bumbleberries.  Little did I know that a Bumbleberry Pie is actually a pie made with mixed berries (usually three types of berries), and sometimes includes apple or rhubarb.

My brother asked me to make a raspberry pie for his birthday.  He then added if raspberry was not possible, he’d like a blackberry or apple pie instead.


Fresh raspberries and blackberries can be expensive at this time of the year (springtime), even in California where tasty berries grown locally or in Mex…

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Heart-healthy Cinnamon-baked Pears

Heart-healthy Cinnamon-baked Pears

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Is there such a thing as a heart-healthy dessert?
Surprisingly there is. Sweets and treats need not always focus on large contents of sugar. If you choose the ingredients carefully, you can prepare healthy desserts for your entire family.

Ingredients with high fat content, such as heavy dollops of cream and butter, contain saturated fats, which can increase cholesterol levels in the body. High cholesterol can lead to heart diseases, kidney problems, and many other diseases caused generally by having a bad diet.


 
Popular media influence on our diet
While popul…

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Coconut Cream Pudding

Coconut Cream Pudding

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Recette Creme noix coco -fr

What makes Coconut Cream Pudding such an Ideal Yummy Dessert?
 
The Joys of a No-Fuss Dessert
After preparing a fairly elaborate main course for lunch guests, sometimes I do not want to put a lot of effort in making a dessert.  This is especially true for a casual family Sunday lunch.  Sunday mornings are intended for sleeping a bit late and languishing in bed before summoning all my will power to get out of bed.  Late Sunday mornings (when I’ve finally gotten out of bed and o…

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Quick Puff Pastry Dough

Quick Puff Pastry Dough

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How do you make a Quick Puff Pastry Dough?
What do you do when you want to make Puff Pastry Dough (pâte feuilletée) but don’t want to go through all the effort?  Puff Pastry Dough is ideal for appetizers, quiches, and light desserts.   It’s even on its own with a little flavored sugar drizzled on top.  This is how I use up all the leftover bits of dough.

To make a genuine Puff Pastry Dough, knead some cold butter into rectangular slabs of dough.  Fold the slabs over themselves several times.  It’s not terribly difficult but does take a certain amount of patience and rep…


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Pumpkin Bread Tried, Tested and Tasty!

Pumpkin Bread Tried, Tested and Tasty!

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What recipe makes my Pumpkin Bread a Fall Favorite?
 
My Faithful Pumpkin Bread Recipe
By now you know that I love pumpkin.  Making food with pumpkin is how I connect best with the season of autumn.   Every year tradition calls me to make pumpkin bread at least once.  My kids love it and are always asking me to make it.

I’ve been using the same faithful recipe for almost 30 years. Of course, I’ve tried other recipes, such as one calling for cream cheese to give the pumpkin bread more of a cheesecake finish. Another recipe suggested chopping up and dropping in som…


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Gingersnap Pecan Crust

What Makes This Crust So Delicious With Pumpkin Pie?
For several years I have made this delicious Gingersnap Pecan Crust with pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.  It is easy to make and is so yummy!  As pecans are rare in Belgium, this Gingersnap Pecan Crust can become pricely to make here.  However, if you can afford it or live where pecans are more abundant (In the South in the United States), try it.  You will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for other ideas for pie crust for pumpkin pie, see my recipe for Speculoos Pie Crust.  For those looking for a more classic crust, try my Pastry C…

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Speculoos Pie Crust

Speculoos Pie Crust

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What are Speculoos Cookies?
Origin of the Name
If you are wondering what the heck are Speculoos, they are a traditional Belgian and Dutch spice cookie eaten all year round yet primarily made for Saint Nicholas day (6 December in Belgium and 5 December in the Netherlands) and the winter holidays.

In some Anglo-Saxon countries, these traditional cookies are known as Biscoff.   Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, they refer to these cookies as Speculaas.   In Germany, where these cookies also have deep roots, they are known as Spekulatius.  Many countries in Europe and the Ame…


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Speculoos Pumpkin Pie To Die For

Speculoos Pumpkin Pie To Die For

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What Makes This Speculoos Pumpkin Pie Worth Waiting an Entire Year?
For more than 30 years I’ve been making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.  I have always considered pumpkin pie to be one of my specialties.    Truth be told, I’ve basically followed the same recipe for the filling all these years, initially inspired by the Joy of Cooking (6th edition).

However, from time to time I’ve tried different crusts.  This year I tried a new Speculoos Pie Crust and found it to be easy and delicious.  Follow the link above to discover the recipe for this amazing pie crust so you can …


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Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

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What fruit pie is your favorite in the summer?
Peach, Nectarine and Plum pie has been my family’s favorite these past few years.  We look forward to the moment when the peaches, nectarines and plums are at their freshest and fill up the grocer’s stalls at a reasonable price.  This week that ideal moment has finally arrived, just in time for my daughter’s birthday celebration.

I should confess that I have not actually waited until this week to make this wonderful pie.  I’ve already been “practicing” for the past 10 days, bringing a pie to a friend’s house for dinner and …


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Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

What is Pastry Crust?
As there are many different names to describe the same pastry crust, it can be confusing to most of us when reviewing recipes.  A new baker may think there are actually dozens of different types of pastry or pie dough.  In fact,  however, the ingredients for a flaky pie crust and a mealy pie crust are mostly the same.

It’s the size of  the fat in the dough that will determine if the dough will bake into a flaky or mealy pie crust.  Larger pieces of fat left in the dough will generally cause the baked result to be more flaky.  So if you want to prepare a more flaky cru…

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Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie for a Special Treat

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie for a Special Treat

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Tarte au sucre de Tonton Brad

What makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious?
Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie recipe is one of Belgian Foodie’s favorites.   It’s been made loads of time by Uncle Brad, always with much success.  I’ve prepared this pie for neighborhood potlucks, friends’ home for dinner, and for serving at home.  
It’s the buttermilk that makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious.  It offsets the normal sweetness of this pie.  I’m personally not fond of anything that tastes too sweet (to me).  In recipes…

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