I just can’t seem to update this thing regularly, can I? Oh well, I’ll keep on trying.
About a week ago, I decided to make Mihl‘s Dried Pepper and Sesame Rolls. I wanted to make them with sundried tomatoes because I didn’t have the dried pepper, but I had already assembled some of the ingredients when I discovered that I didn’t have any tahini either. I know I know, I should’ve checked that before I started making it, but I really thought there was still half a jar in the cupboard. Anyway, I figured I’d just make the sesame rolls some other time (it sounds so good, I still want to try it!) and choose another filling. Eventually, I used the ingredients of the Raisin Walnut Bread recipe (more or less), but I did use the method of rolling the filling into the dough like with the Sesame Rolls because that just looks pretty.
The result was good: the taste was nice, my parents really liked them and my friends (although they didn’t try it) said they looked and smelled delicious. The only annoying thing is that the dough didn’t rise properly, just like the last time I made bread. Maybe I need to get myself some new yeast, or just hope it goes better next time. I’ll keep on experimenting!
The next thing I made is what we call ‘kruidnoten’. They’re small, speculaas-like cookies that are traditionally eaten around Saint Nicholas’ Eve, which is december 5th, but umm, I think they’ve been in the supermarkets for over a month already. In the Wikipedia article they’re incorrectly reffered to as pepernoten, which they are not. Pepernoten are completely different. But anyway – the kruidnoten.
Forgive me for the bad pictures – it was dark outside, so this was the best I could get.
To make these, I used the first recipe that I found on Google, which was very easily veganizable. The recipe is quite simple, it uses self-raising flour, brown sugar, butter, a store-bought spice mix and milk, so I only had to substitute vegan margarine and soy milk. They were different from the ‘normal’ ones from supermarkets and bakeries, but I think everyone enjoyed them!
The dough is like other speculaas, only this is filled with almond paste. Ridiculously good. I gave it to my parents and my neighbours and they loved it, so I’m going to make it again and let other people try it as well. This is probably very bad for you, but so good. Oh yes.
One of these days I’m going to make regular speculaas too, probably using Mihl’s recipe. It’s one of those perfect winter treats, and it’s getting colder and colder so this is the perfect time to make it ^^