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Speculoos Biscuits with Prune and Armagnac Ice Cream


I'd never heard of speculoos till Edd Kimber aka The Boy Who Bakes mentioned it to me. Speculoos (or speculaas) is a spiced, gingerbready biscuit from Belgium and the Netherlands, which also comes as a spread, brilliant for using in cakes and other desserts.

So when I came across packets of speculoos in the adorable little Wye Bakery run by Mary Braithwaite and Nigel Ings (who'd moved from France to the village of Wye in Kent), I scooped some up as a present for said Boy Who Bakes (they also sold us some Campteclaire and Peveloise - artisan French bread flour - and gave us gluten and yeast).


Then today I felt like a snack, so I raided my freezer to find some Prune and Armagnac ice cream I'd made (this David Leibovitz recipe).

I had a couple of bites, and sucking the spoon I suddenly thought, "Y'know, I bet those speculoos biscuits would be really nice with this".

And so I opened one of Edd's packets, and I slathered fat wodges of ice cream between some of those biscuits and I ate them.


Goddamn, it was good. The spices in the speculoos plus the wonderful brittle snap was a perfect foil for the fruity, boozy ice cream - like a sophisticated version of a Maxibon.

Anyway, this probably makes me a slightly rubbish friend, but hell, he just came back from Amsterdam with these, so hopefully he'll forgive me.

Wye Bakery
Wye Village
01233 812 218


Kavey said…
Ha, love that you broke into half of the present you'd bought Edd!

I looove speculoos.... tried to make them once, ought to try again now my skillz are (vaguely) better.

NYUM to your combo with the ice-cream!
chumbles said…
Armagnac ice cream
Distilled sunshine grape. Ice bound!
Meemalee magic!
meemalee said…
@Kavey - Ooh, home-made speculoos! Do it :)

@chumbles - Beautiful haiku, sir!
amro said…
Great post, as usual.

I always associate speculoos with coffee, because that was the only place I encountered them.

They are served at a local café (and some parts of the continent) with coffee.
josordoni said…
But MiMi -- the bestest friends always check out EVERYTHING they would give to their friends. You were doing the absolutely right thing!

And now you have a new suggestion for his speculoos for Edd to make for himself, that he wouldn't know about if you hadn't broken into the pressie.

Is that justification enough or shall I go on a bit more?
meemalee said…
@Amro - Thank you Amro! Speculoos and coffee sounds good too - and very elegant!

@Josordoni - You're *so* right :)
Kathy said…
Thanks for pointing out this sweet little Wye Bakery and the tasty combination. We visited the bakery in July...very nice!
meemalee said…
@Kathy - Oh cool! Lovely place :)