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Speculoos Biscuits with Prune and Armagnac Ice Cream

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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).

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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.

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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
Kent
wyebakery@yahoo.co.uk
01233 812 218


Comments

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 :)