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|Sinterklaas postcard by Freddie Langeler |
Yeay its the 5th of December which only means one thing, its Sinterklaas!!!!
Over in Holland today is the day that St Nicholas brings you your presents, maybe even a sarcastic poem, and if you been naughty well then just some coal for you or Sinterklaas might even take you back to his native Spain! Want to read a bit more about this Dutch tradition have a look at Wikipedia here.
Besides presents the 5th of December is filled with Sinterklaas sweeties! Last year I blogged a recipe of pepernoten, a very small spied cookie. This year I bring you almond filled speculaas. A soft spiced dough filled with sweet almonds, this will truly bring you in the December mood.
This recipe uses speculaas spices, a spice mix you can buy in any Dutch shop but more difficult to find anywhere else in the world. To make your own mix together: 30gr cinnamon, 10gr ground nutmeg, 10gr ground clove, 5gr ground coriander seeds, 5gr white pepper, 5 gr ground aniseed Store in an airtight container.
You will need:
250gr self raising flour
125 gr sugar (dark brown if you can find it)
1 table spoon of speculaas spices
150gr of cold butter
1 pack of almond spijs (300gr of Dr.Oetker) You can make your own if your shop doesn't sell this.Ground together 125gr of almonds and 125gr of sugar.
Almonds to decorate
baking tin of 20cmx20cm, I used a round one as I don't own a square one.
Okey to make this delicious spiced almond filled pie you,
* Mix flour, sugar, speculaas spices and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the butter and with two knives, slice the butter in the flour until you have a crumb like dough. With cold hands mix this together until you have a ball of dough.
*Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for an hour
*Make your Almond mix, or use the store bought one, mix in an egg to create a paste.
*Preheat the oven to 170C
*Use your rolling pin to roll 2/3 of the dough in a square or circle, depending on your tin, and put the dough in your baking tin. Fill with the almond paste, use a spoon to distribute evenly.
*Roll out the rest of the dough and cover, crimp the sides so the pie is closed properly.
*Decorate with almonds and give it a egg yolk wash.
*Bake for 35 minutes in the middle of the oven.
There you have it, all you need to celebrate Sinterklaas tonight!!
Have fun and I hope you get lots of presents!!