Dikke Speculaas Sinterklaas
The 5th of December is a big holiday back home in the Netherlands. It’s the day we celebrate Sinterklaas, more or less the Dutch version of Santa Claus bringing presents and/or Secret Santa between adults. In addition gifts are to be creatively disguised and usually accompanied by a poem teasing the recipient for well-known bad habits or past year experiences. It’s a lot of fun for old and young, and I’m glad we’re still celebrating it (even though due to time constraints and everyone leading a busy life, this year we will celebrate it during Christmas).
Traditionally each year my grandma bakes us dikke speculaas (a thicker sort of gingerbread) and cream puffs. Yummy for sure! Last year I asked Secret Santa to gift me my grandma’s ‘secret’ recipes and he did! So this year I didn’t have to wait for Christmas to arrive and baked my own speculaas.