Wednesday, November 17, 2010


A special treat for our kids (and us) in de 3 weeks before Sinterklaas (Dec 5th) is Pepernoten.
Children get them in there shoes if they been good and sing a song for Sinterklaas.
Sometimes they even get a little present in there shoe.
But the big bang is when on Dec. 5th Sinterklaas or Zwarte Piet, knocks on the door.
He will be gone before you have opened the door, but he left a whole mountain of presents.
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp speculaaskruiden
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 160/320 degrees.
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix everything with your hands to a nice firm dough.
Prepare a baking plate. make little marbles of dough, place them evenly on the sheet and make them a little flat with your thump. (mine, on the photo are a little to big)
Bake them for about 15 minutes, till they are light brown en done.
Enjoy your pepernoten.
 according to our oldest daughter I didn't make enough :)
Home made Speculaaskruiden:
Spices used for Speculaas (a Dutch cookie).
Speculaas blend (Speculaaskruiden)
30 gr cinnamon (kaneel),
5 gr cloves (kruidnagel),
5 gr nutmeg (nootmuskaat),
3 gr white peppercorn (witte peper),
3 gr ginger powder (gemberpoeder),
1 gr cardamom seeds (from the green pods) (kardemomzaadjes).
Grind in a coffee grinder or mortar.

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