Yum, yum, triple yum...
Having spent most of my childhood in Amsterdam, I've grown up eating speculaas and pepernoten all the time.
But let me take a step back and explain:
You may know speculaas as 'windmill cookies', or maybe you've never heard of them. They're delicious spiced cookies, traditionally made around Christmas, but now people have them all year round. They come with almonds, in gooey cake form (gevulde speculaas) and in little bite-sized cookies (pepernoten).
I stumbled upon the blog from which I got the recipe while I was looking at Lottie & Doof's list of blogs they follow. I was immediately intrigued by the name: "Everybody likes Sandwiches", because sandwiches are one of my favourites.
I almost gasped when I saw a recipe for speculaas muffins-- what could be a better combination?
I miss speculaas cookies and something about putting their flavour into muffins seemed so fun and beautiful.
These muffins came out warm, crumbly and speculaas-y...
The cookies are obviously different, but I'm planning to make them one of these days anyway. They have such a unique flavour-- different to the same old muffins and so pleasing.
Everyone in my family enjoyed one: I grabbed one fresh out of the oven at lunch, my mum nibbled hers with her tea, my dad sunk his teeth into one after a horrendously long day- before dashing off again, and my sister munched hers for dessert.
From Everybody Likes Sandwiches
1 large egg
2/3 c milk
6 T roasted walnut oil (or another oil of your choosing – melted coconut oil or butter would work too)
1 1/2 c ap flour
1 c ww flour
3 t baking powder
1/2 c sugar
1 t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/4 c sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk and oil until well blended. In another bowl, mix together the flour through to the spices. Dump the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and lightly blend until just combined. Stir in the almonds. Grease 14 muffin cups and drop batter by spoonful into cups. Bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Makes 14 muffins.