Friday, November 16, 2007

Baking for the Sint

Tomorrow will be a big day for Kirstie, and yes, I admit, for me as well. Right about now, Sinterklaas is on his way to The Netherlands. He left Spain on Thursday and will be welcomed at the harbor tomorrow by thousands of cheering kiddies. To get into the spirit, Kirstie asked me to help her bake some speculaas from a recipe she found in one of her Sinterklaas books. We read the recipe together, I set out the ingredients and helped her with the oven and that was it! I think she did an excellent job! So, tomorrow we'll be all ready for the big arrival, with a bag full of cookies, to keep us warm of course.

Here's the recipe:

Speculaas (Dutch Spice Cookies)
*200g butter, softened

*250g brown sugar

*2 tsps speculaas spices (these are usually only available in The Netherlands but you can make your own by mixing 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp mace, 3 tsps cinnamon and a pinch of pepper)
A1 tsp nutmeg
*2 eggs
*500g flour

*1 tsp baking powder

Put the butter in a bowl and cream it with the sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Add the spices and sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Knead everything with your hands and form into a ball. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove dough from fridge 1.5 hours before using it. Preheat oven to 175C. Roll out the dough and cut out shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack.


Kitchen Goddess said...

Well done Kirstie, they look fabulous.

Sandy said...

I love baking with my little ones, and Kirstie seems to be quite professional. What lovely memories you will have to cherish. It's so sweet, thank you for sharing Paola.

Gloria said...

The pictures are really nice Paola, and looks beauty, she is so nice and pretty!! xxGloria

Gloria said...

I forget tell you Marìa Esperanza (my daughter) loves to make cookies too!!! Gloria

annauk said...

Aah, that's lovely Paola!

violets said...

Hi Paola

Those cookies look wonderful, I made some peppernoten the other day and they always remind me of you.

Vi xx

Paola said...

Thanks girls!! It is such a wonderful thing to bake with our children, isn't it? Truly one of the beauties of being a mom. It thrills me to hear there are so many little chefs in the making!


ps: Hi Vi!! How nice to see you here! I sometimes think of you and wonder how you are. Thanks for stopping by!