|Guevlde Speculaas almond paste between spiced dough|
Francijn of Koken in de Brouwerij was our January 2013 Daring Bakers’ Hostess and she challenged us to make the traditional Dutch pastry, Gevulde Speculaas from scratch! That includes making our own spice mix, almond paste and dough! Delicious!
This was a fun and easy challenge. I had never made almond paste from scratch, but I would again. Mine did not taste too almond-y, but it was probably the quality of my almonds.
|nekkid almonds and their skins|
The paste was jut almonds, sugar, an egg and lemon zest in the food processor. Really simple, and it did not take too long to make.
|homemade almond paste|
The dough then gets divided in half and rolled out. I had some issues with that and ended up just pressing the dough into the bottom of my pan, then pressing in the almond paste and then the rest of the dough - it totally crumbled. The top is supposed to be smooth but oh well! you also brush on egg in between each layer and on the top.
|Gevulde speculaas before and after|
This was a great challenge! Thanks Francijn!