All the flavours of the world can be found in the WUR community. Saint Nicholas shares his recipe for the spicy bite-sized cookies called pepernoten.
‘I’ve been living in Spain for centuries now but around this time of year I always come to the Netherlands for a couple of weeks to distribute presents and treat everyone to sweet stuff. I can’t really remember how this all started, but it’s definitely a tradition now. These pepernoten have been firm favourites with both children and adults for generations.
Serving tip: Put some pepernoten in your housemates’ shoes!’
- 250g self-raising flour
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons speculaas spice
- 125g butter, cold and cut into pieces
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Mix all the ingredients except the milk thoroughly in a bowl.
- Add the milk and kneed the mixture into a pliable dough. Too dry? Add a few more drops of milk. Don’t kneed it for too long: if the butter gets too soft, it affects the structure of the pepernoten.
- Once the dough is pliable, make a ball of it. Wrap it in clingfilm and leave it in the fridge for at least half an hour.
- Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180 °C.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Make little balls with the dough, place them on the tray and flatten them slightly.
- Put the baking tray in the oven and have a look after 15 minutes. If the pepernoten are still very soft, give them five minutes longer. Let them cool down and enjoy!
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