I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
You probably have 1 more big feast to go: New Year’s Eve!
What better treat to serve your guests than homemade Chocolate Speculoos Truffles? 😀
Some only use Nutella or any other hazelnut based paste to fill the Truffles, but I like it a bit crunchy so I added crunchy speculoos paste as well 🙂 It gives your Truffles a little extra 😉 Yummmmm!
We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas and I promised you some Christmas recipes. This Homemade Speculoos recipe might be one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever made. It’s the family recipe from my boyfriend. Now you know what they say, right? Whatever she makes, a grandma makes best! It’s the absolute truth ^^
If you can get your hands on some Christmas cookie cutters, you’ll have the cutest Christmas cookies ever! The Boyfriend made the Speculoos and I made them into Christmas ones 😉 He said I could choose which cookie cutters I wanted to use so it was pretty obvious I went for the whole “cute Christmas” look 😉
September means “Back To School”. The little ones are probably already looking forward to Christmas and the oldest ones may haven’t yet begun their new school year. But one thing is for sure: everyone is getting busy again. Including mom and dad. Planning after school activities, who’s going to bring them to school? Who picks them up? Are the grandparents available? Can Little Joe bring his friend over after school? …
Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful moms! Most of my blogging friends have already shared their Mother’s Day posts earlier this year. But, as always, Antwerp does things differently 😉 We celebrate Mother’s Day at the Catholic holiday. Because we’re all saints x’D In 1913, a liberal alderman from Antwerp declared the 15th of August as the Day of Mothers because Maria was the mother of all mothers and this was her holiday. A year later, the American President Wilson decided that Mother’s Day would take place every second Sunday in May. Many countries and cities followed the American idea, except for Antwerp. We still celebrate our moms on the 15th of August and we always will 🙂
I was breaking my head about what kind of dessert I should make my mom. I figured it needed to be a cake. But what kind of cake? And what kind of shape? Did I have to make a heart shaped cake because I love my mom so much? Which I really do! Or should it be something with flowers because that’s what moms like? It took me a week to find the perfect Mother’s Day Cake for my mom. And how perfect it is. I gave her a mini Biscoff Cake so she can have it all for herself without having to eat cake for the next 5 days (she wouldn’t mind eating this cake all week though) AAAAND she LOVES Biscoff cookies! Bingo!
This delicious treat is a creation from The Boyfriend. I wanted to make a variation on my favorite pie, the Banoffee Pie, and he joined me in the kitchen to make something really yummy. It’s simple, yet elegant and oh so delicious!
It’s official! Summer is here 😀 We’ve been waiting for her ever since Winter left the country (did she?) and now she’s here to stay. She has been paying us surprise visits on the weekends but I hope she has a lot planned for us this year.
To celebrate Summer, I have three fantastic No Bake Cheesecake Recipes for you that are super easy to make, perfect on a hot Summer’s day and everyone will love at least one of them. I for one like them all. Of course…
#1: Oreo Cheesecake
I’ve had one of those baking cravings 🙂 You know, those moments when you just HAVE to bake something!
It was Sunday, I had just cleaned the whole house (yes, including the kitchen, which wasn’t that smart I suppose) and the Boyfriend turned on the television for some football. I didn’t know what to do! :O
I still have lots of great books I could read. I’m reading the third book from the Game of Thrones series at the moment (meaning: sometimes before I go to bed). But I didn’t want to read. I wanted to bake! But what?
That’s always the tricky part. I now I want to bake, I HAVE to, but I never know what recipe to make… And I know, those 34 cook books in the closet should make things easy for me but no, they don’t. I never know what recipe to make. Oh god, why does it have to be so complicated!
After standing in front of my cookbooks, staring at them and just doing absolutely nothing, I decided to make something that wasn’t in any of my cookbooks: Speculoos Cookies!
So so easy and very yummy. Perfect 🙂 It’s actually a modified version of my Nerdy Nummies Chocolate Chip Smart Cookies.
What do we need:
- 260 g flour
- 150 g white sugar
- 150 g brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- Speculoos crumbs (I’ve used 2 hands of speculoos crumbs)
- 250 g butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Baking plate
- Baking paper
- Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl
- Combine butter, both sugars and vanilla extract in your mixer
- Add the eggs
- Slowly add the flour once the eggs are completely combined
- Add the speculoos crumbs and mix them through the dough
- Bake our cookies for about 15 minutes at 190 degrees centigrade
These Speculoos Cookies are crispy at the sides and chewy in the middle 🙂 I guess that’s a feature of speculoos because Speculoos Blondies are chewy as well!
So let’s get chewing on those cookies and love those baking craving moments because they always end well 😉
Have a delicious day ❤
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The upcoming weeks, I promise you’ll find ZERO healthy recipes here 😀
Exams are almost over and that means I’ll have more quality time with my kitchen.
And since my kitchen has an even bigger sweet tooth than me, I’m forced to make something super sweet!
I’m also super excited for Angies Fiesta Friday Birthday Party! Too bad my kitchen won’t allow me to participate in this weeks party because of the appetizer and starter theme. BUT I’ll be there to party with them, just not bringing anything. Is that bad?
I’ll make it up to her next week because then the theme is main dishes and desserts. Indeed! I don’t need to tell you what I’ll be bringing, right? I’m brainstorming and planning about the things I want to make because this party is going to be THE party!
But that’s for later ^^
FYI: everyone is invited!
Today I’m sharing some super delicious Speculoos Blondies with you!
I saw them last year at The Not So Creative Cook and I knew I had to make them!
Nobody complained, not a single piece left…
I found this great new company called Foodnomads.
They believe life is too short to not discover all the delicious things the world has to offer.
I couldn’t agree more!
(This picture is one of their opening pictures on the site)
What is it they do?
Foodnomads delivers foodboxes. Each month a different box, with a different theme.
I ordered the Santa’s Box as a Christmas gift for my mom.
The fun part is that you don’t know what’s inside that box!
One thing you DO know is that it’s going to be delicious and quite special.
Special? Yes! The goods inside these boxes don’t come from your everyday supermarket.
Foodnomads selects delicious foods from special stores. You’ll see what I mean when I reveil my Santa’s Box to you 😉
Last weekend, we had our annual BBQ with the neighbours.
We (the street) try to do this every year.
I believe it all started as a way to stay in touch with the neighbours and to become a bit more than “just” neighbours.
I have to say we’re pretty close with most of our neighbours, and not because of that BBQ 🙂
My dad likes to ride his bike and two of our neighbours do too! So I guess you already heard me coming when I tell you that they started their own little club (that has three members) 😉
Well, they are also members of a larger group.
Let’s get back to our BBQ.
Since the last two or three years, I always make the dessert.
This year, I went for my all-time favourite Brownies and my super delicious Apple Cake.
I tried Jhuls’ Blondies and they were A-MAZING!
Really, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted them! The neighbours loved them too 🙂
So Jhuls, you did an awesome job with these! Thank you for having shared that recipe with us.
Besides the Blondies, I made two entirely new things. A Frangipane and a Speculoos Cake.
I’ll save that Frangipane for later 😉
But I am bringing you this Speculoos Cake for Fiesta Friday!
Little secret: this cake is some sort of basic version of my Luxurious Apple Cake. But without the apples and the brown sugar.
What do we need:
- 125 g butter
- 125 g crystal sugar
- 4 eggs
- 125 g self-raising flour
- 200 g crunched speculoos
- baking tin
Mix the butter together with the sugar. Mix in the eggs.
Sift the flour and mix it well together. Stir in the speculoos crumbles.
Put the batter in the baking tin and bake the cake for about 50 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.
If it’s done, check the cake with a sharp knife. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready to be eaten!
I hope everyone is having a great Fiesta Friday at Angies with the co-hosts and all the others 😀
Happy Fiesta Friday!
Have a delicious weekend!