Roopa Spekulatius (or ‘Speculoos’ or ‘Speculaas’) are a spiced shortcrust biscuit from …Europe? It would seem that there is a lot of debate over where these cookies originate from. They are thin, crunchy cookies, and are typically made in a hand carved wooden mold. I was more than a little bit excited to make these! … More Spekulatius Cookies
Roopa The kipferl cookie is similar to a sugar cookie, and is an Austrian cookie that means “crescent”. They are allegedly supposed to represent the first snowfall on the rooftops of Vienna.
Roopa These cookies originated in the city of Aachen. While they were traditionally sweetened with honey, they began sweetening them with sugar beets when Napoleon issued a trade embargo affecting the availability of honey.
Roopa This is a relatively newer cookie, as chocolate was not traditionally available. Still delicious though! They are named after their colour (bruun) and are a classic Swiss cookie. They are made with sugar on top which provides a characteristic crunch.
Roopa This directly translates to “pepper nuts” and are a traditional European spice cookie. Black pepper used to be very rare and expensive, so this was a special ingredient in a cookie.
Roopa Lebkuchen is a type of Christmas cookie. While they are commonly translated as being gingerbread, this is a misconception as they do not actually contain ginger! The Elisen lebkuchen originated in Nuremberg around 1500, and must contain at least 25% nuts.
Roopa These are a particularly famous Christmas cookie made from mostly marzipan. They were my personal favourite of all the cookies we made in this course, which was surprising since I don’t generally love marzipan. Apparently quality marzipan makes a difference!
Roopa I know, I know. Why English gingerbread in a German baking class? They’re actually quite different, as German “gingerbread” (lebkuchen) doesn’t use any ginger; rather, it uses rye flour and honey to get that particular flavour. German lebkuchen tends to be quite soft and not ideal for making gingerbread structures, which is why we … More (English) Gingerbread
Roopa Now that I’m on a macaron making mission, there will likely be a few macaron posts on here. I had some ideas of things to improve from last time (and a lot of excess ganache) so round 2 happened. I fixated on all the imperfections in the last post, but I neglected to mention … More Macarons 2
Roopa As per usual, I prematurely volunteered myself to bake for a work event and didn’t plan well or leave myself much time. It was a high tea, and after waffling between several options I decided on madeleines. I considered macarons, but I felt a bit nervous making them without having tested them in my … More Macarons