I experiment in the kitchen all the time, I can’t help myself. I’m always tweaking recipes, adding this, taking away that, using different flavours. One of my favourite recipes is one that was handed down to me by my mother, Biscotten Torte. She does not claim fame to its invention, and we aren’t sure where the recipe was originally sourced. All I know is that when I make it the boys go bonkers, they love it.
I have never played around with this recipe. I have thought on the odd occasion of how I could make it more ‘Christmassy’, but never went any further than that. That is, until I was seeking out Spekulatius cookies for Christmas. Having Spekulatius in the pantry at Christmas time is a tradition in our household. Come to think of it, they are always bought, never made. May have to change that next year.
As I picked up the packet of Spekulatius to purchase, a giant light bulb appeared on top of my head, bells went off, an idea was born. Why not use Spekulatius in my Biscotten Torte? With that thought I picked up another packet and added it to my shopping basket.
Spekulatius were an obvious substitution in the original recipe. The cookies are rich in spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cardamom. The filling of the torte is almond, and I feel a perfect match with those flavours.
I was right, the Spekulatius worked perfectly. I did add an extra layer of filling to the torte, to give a denser texture than the original. The filling is slightly different, but all the key ingredients are there. Read more →