Winter time without „PEP er sheet music“ (Dutch for gingerbread, but not to be confused with the German Peffernüssen) I do not imagine. Due to my Dutch roots, we have them always at home at Christmas time. For me, it is a typical Dutch specialty. As far as I know, There are gingerbread also in Germany, However there is another recipe. This year was the first time, I baked the PEP er notes themselves. Even if it took three attempts, until I found the right recipe, I am however thrilled by the result. Tastes like almost original! ;)
A little hint yet: that „Speculaas spice“ is mixed for the recipe itself. My first mix was too sharp to me, so I've made a somewhat milder version next time. Depending on your preference, you can so some extra ground cloves, Nutmeg, Use a little less cinnamon and add cardamom powder and Ginger spice.
for 1 Sheet metal (CA. 40 Biscuits)
100 g flour
1 TSP baking soda, deleted
60 g butter, cold
50 g of brown sugar
a pinch of salt
1 EL milk
1 TSP ground cardamom
1 1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
1/2 TSP ground cloves
1/2 TSP ground nutmeg
1/2 TL ginger spice
little ground coriander
= ca. 1 EL Spekulatius spice
100g flour with 1 Seven TSP baking soda in a bowl.
50 g of brown sugar give a Hein.
A pinch of salt, 1 TSP ground cardamom, 1 1/2 TSP ground cinnamon, 1/2 TSP ground cloves, 1/2 TSP ground nutmeg, 1/2 TL ginger spice and some ground cilantro mix and stir.
60g pick cold butter into pieces and add.
Then knead the dough.
Wrap in cling film and if possible a day set long in the refrigerator, so there the spices can develop.
The dough in 2 cut equal pieces.
From this 2 Roll form, It is about 1 cm are thick.
Each 1 cm large pieces of it cut off (I tend to cut off this too large pieces).
From the 1 cm x 1 small balls form cm large pieces of dough.
The cut in the preheated oven at 160° C for ca. 15 – 25 min. Bake until light brown.
Allow to cool on the baking sheet.