German Spiced Biscuits

    1 hour 20 mins

    These are called Spekulatius biscuits in Germany (Spekulaas in the Netherlands). If you do not have specially shaped moulds, roll out the dough as a sheet and cut into squares.

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    Makes: 40 

    • 200 g plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 100 g butter, chopped
    • 100 g brown sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1–2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 30 g flaked almonds
    • Cornflour for shaping

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Use 2 large baking trays. Line with baking paper. Place flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk, mixed spice and vanilla in a bowl; knead into a dough. Shape into a ball and wrap in cling wrap; chill for 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Sprinkle baking paper with flaked almonds.
    3. Lightly flour work surface. Roll out pastry to 5 mm thick; cut into pieces to fit figures in the spekulatius moulds. Dust moulds with cornflour and press the pastry into them.
    4. Turn moulds over and strike so that the pastry shapes fall out. Place on baking trays. Remove any remaining cornflour by brushing the pastry with a little water.
    5. Bake 10–15 minutes (this will depend on size and thickness) or until golden. Remove from oven. Cool on a wire rack.

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