Showing posts with label speculoos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label speculoos. Show all posts

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Biscoff Cookie Butter Bundt Cake #NationalBundtDay

Cookie butter plus actual butter means a sweet, tender Bundt cake with a subtle gingerbread flavor. 

Happy National Bundt Day! I couldn’t let this great day go unrecognized so I scoured the interwebs for an appropriate cake to make with the last of my jar of cookie butter, otherwise known as Speculoos or Biscoff.

I adapted this recipe from A Beautiful Bite and then halved the amounts to fit in a smaller Bundt pan.

1 1/2 cups or 190g all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 200g sugar
1/2 cup or 115g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup or 145g Speculoos Cookie Butter or Biscoff Butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup or 60ml buttermilk

To decorate: icing or confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C.  Prepare a 6-cup Bundt pan (or larger) by spraying it liberally with the Baking Pam or greasing and flouring it. My Nordic Ware Bavaria Bundt pan is 10-cup so you can see that the batter only came part way up the side.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Cream together the butter, the cookie butter, and sugar together in a mixer until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.

Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk and beat well.

Spoon the batter into your prepared pan. Smooth the top and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

Remove from oven, let cool for about 10 minutes.

Invert on a wire rack and cool completely.

To serve:  Sift powdered sugar on top.


Heads up! This just in! To celebrate National Bundt Day, Nordic Ware is going to be giving away a new edition pan to one Bundt baking winner! As much as I'd like to keep this information to myself so I can win, Bundt baking is all about spreading the love, so here are the details:

Simply tag your prettiest Bundt Cake photos with the hashtag #NationalBundtDay on Instagram. Make sure you're following @nordicwareusa and show us your latest and greatest creations made with a Nordic Ware pan. Nordic Ware will choose a winner on Monday who will receive a brand new, not-yet-released 2015 Bundt shape before anyone else has access! So get baking and Instagramming, Bundt friends!

If anyone who saw it here first wins, please come back and let me know so I can do the happy dance with you! Meanwhile, I am going to be flooding my own Instagram feed (@foodlustpeoplelove) with Nordic Ware Bundt pan cakes! They are the best!

Click on the graphic to see a whole bunch of Bundt Baker links. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Biscoff Muffins with Pecans #MuffinMonday

Creamy Biscoff spread added into batter makes a beautiful muffin that is just the right amount of sweet for breakfast or a snack. That is to say, just sweet enough but not too sweet, even with another drizzle of Biscoff on top of the crunchy baked in pecans. 

Hoarding or saving - tomayto, tomahto
From years of living in places where supplies were short and I had to haul essentials like peanut butter and pancake syrup in my suitcase each year after our long leave, I became a hoarder. Not on the lines of those poor souls who can barely move about their homes for the stuff piled high to the ceiling on that sad, sad television show,  but still. I would buy packets of taco seasonings, chocolate chips, smoked sausage and the like and use them sparingly until we came into the home stretch of spring semester when I knew that another home leave was close at hand. THEN, I was more profligate, adding chocolate chips to all baked goods, dicing the sausage into omelets and sharing peanut butter with the dog. Okay, that never happened. But you know what, I can now. Even my precious Jif (Fat reduced too!) is readily available here so I have tried very hard not to buy extra and hoard it. This does not apply to items purchased on holidays.

Last year I came back from a trip with a jar of Biscoff, that lovely spread, sometimes called speculoos after the Dutch spice cookies of which it’s made. For more than a year it’s been in my cupboard, mocking me. I was waiting for that special recipe, that great occasion that would warrant the opening of a bottle of cookie spread! Sad, huh? Well, today, I did it. The jar was opened to make muffins, to share with some lovely friends. Which makes this a special occasion. And that's the way this should work.

Do you hoard anything? What do you save just for a “special” occasion? Have you ever saved something so long that it is no longer good?

2 cups or 250g flour
1/2 cup or 100g sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/3 cup or about 90g Biscoff spread
1/4 cup or 60ml vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For topping
1/2 cup or 70g whole pecans
1/4 cup or about 70g Biscoff spread

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C and either grease your 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper liners.

Chop your pecans roughly with a sharp knife.

In one big mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well and set aside.

In small mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil, Biscoff and vanilla together thoroughly. Because of the raw eggs, resist drinking this silky rich mixture, no matter how wonderful it looks.

Fold the liquids to the dry mixture, stopping when they are just mixed.

Divide the batter between your prepared muffins cups. Scatter the pecans evenly on the muffin batter and press them down gently till they are stuck.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Drizzle the last 1/4 cup of the Biscoff on top the muffins. You can warm it briefly in the microwave if need be. I used an icing decorator bag and a small tip so the warmth of my hands was enough to get things drizzling.

Remove from the muffin tin and finish cooling on a rack.