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The Speculaas Spice Company

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Introducing a range of products based on our secret Dutch family recipe of deliciously warm, sweet tasting speculaas spice mix

So what is speculaas spice?

When exotic spices had become commonly available in The Netherlands in the 18th century, Dutch bakers began to make their own secret spice mixes. One of the mixtures that survived the centuries was “speculaas spices”.

Until the 1970’s, many families and independent bakers in The Netherlands still used their own secret speculaas spice mixes to make a variety of bakery products, including the famous windmill biscuits, breakfast cakes and the likes – but then, sadly, it all became mass produced and many speculaas spice blends were lost forever.

How did I become a speculaas master chef?

The inspiration to launch my Dutch grandmother's recipe of delicious, warm and sweet tasting speculaas spice mix in the United Kingdom came from my love of eating truly authentic speculaas spice infused biscuits. When I was a small boy in Amsterdam we didn’t have school lunches so you brought your own sandwiches. Early in the morning my mother prepared my sandwiches often made of speculaas biscuits inside slices of buttered white bread. By lunch time the butter and speculaas had softened and had become a wonderful tasty spread.

Many years later, having moved to London, the inspiration to set up The Speculaas Spice Company came as I really missed the evocative taste and smell of speculaas biscuits. Nothing comes close to the seductive experience of freshly-baked speculaas biscuits. After several months and numerous tasting sessions, I finally succeeded in creating the deliciously evocative tasting biscuits infused with our family's speculaas spice mix.

What is so special about the vandotsch speculaas spice mix?

We pride ourselves in supplying you with only the finest spices in our speculaas spice mix with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Where possible our spices are either organic, Fairtrade sourced or both.   The vandotsch speculaas spice mix consists of a perfectly-balanced mixture of nine spices including real, high grade, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, cloves, ginger and six other spices to give our spice mix that unique kick.

How can I order the vandotsch speculaas spice mix?

The vandotsch speculaas spice mix comes in a 60g square Kilner glass jar. To try-out our speculaas spice mix, or to top-up, when your jar starts to get empty, we also offer 25g packs, both of which can be ordered online.

What can I make with the vandotsch speculaas spice mix?

Discover a variety of vandotsch speculaas spice infused recipes prepared by food bloggers, bakers, chefs and two Great British Bake Off finalists on our website

Staying in touch

Subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter 'Speculaas News' and get 10% off ALL your vandotsch speculaas spice purchases forever! Leave your details at www.speculaasspice.co.uk/contact

 

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