Once baked for the Belgian troops, now popular in many regions of the world. They used to call the cookies "homp". Bakeries across the city of Hasselt, as dedicated as they were, worked long hours to lend a helping hand to the young soldiers.
Since the 1830's, the recipe went through some refinements to become the "Hasseltse speculaas".
Among the newer ingredients were cinnamon, cloves, bicarbonate and almonds.
If speculaas spices are not within your reach, make it yourself:
8 parts ground cinnamon, 2 parts ground cloves, 2 parts ground nutmeg, 1 part ginger powder, 1 part white pepper, 1 part cardamom.
The traditional recipe only uses cinnamon, a good alternative if you're short on spices. Use 1,5 tsp.
Tools used: Wooden spatula, scale, cling film, baking paper, large knife, cutting board .