Saturday, 28 May 2011

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


8 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. Armagnac ice cream
    Distilled sunshine grape. Ice bound!
    Meemalee magic!

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  3. @Kavey - Ooh, home-made speculoos! Do it :)

    @chumbles - Beautiful haiku, sir!

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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?

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  6. @Amro - Thank you Amro! Speculoos and coffee sounds good too - and very elegant!

    @Josordoni - You're *so* right :)

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  7. Thanks for pointing out this sweet little Wye Bakery and the tasty combination. We visited the bakery in July...very nice!

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  8. @Kathy - Oh cool! Lovely place :)

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