After a couple of weeks of house-sitting for friends and waiting for a bus-part to be sorted we are back on the bus. It feels great to be home again! Staying in a house felt very luxurious I have to say after our wee 9 m bus however ‘there is no place like home’ even if it is a wee one on wheels. 🙂
Before we left to house-sit I saw a recipe that my Mum which I thought I would try. Unfortunately though I somehow lost the copy I wrote so it has had to wait until today. It seemed very appropriate though as the recipe calls for the Dutch Speculaas Spice and seeing as it is a good (Dutch) friend’s birthday today it seemed only right that I should be trying it out today. The name I have given the cookies comes from her as my eldest kept saying she came from Nankie-land rather than Netherlands.
As usual I have adapted it … sorry I just can’t help myself … to fit with what we had in the cupboards on the bus and our tastes. Amazingly I brought a half used bottle of golden syrup with us and while I didn’t have all the spices to make a good Speculaas Spice (cinnamon, cloves, mace, ginger, white pepper, cardamom, coriander, anise and nutmeg) mix I will definitely hunt them out next shopping trip. You can be sure that I will update you if the results are yummier! What follows is my version of the ‘Sugar and Spice’ Cookies found in the Ellesmere Echo (Feb 2014).
200 gm Butter
1/4 Cup runny honey
1/4 Cup golden syrup
2 Cups Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
- Melt butter in a pot and stir in honey and golden syrup until blended
- Add egg and mix in thoroughly.
- Add dry ingredients and mix again.
- Bake at 175 C for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Hope this finds you all enjoy the spices of life.