Going Dutch for a Day (Gluten free) – Speculoos

We recently had a delivery from Holland At Home so we thought we would have a Dutch day.  Plus, it feels quite Netherlandsy round here.  Firstly, it’s raining a lot at the moment.  Secondly, the landscape in our part of England is very similar to the Netherlands.  This is probably because, thirdly, we are geographically very close to the Netherlands.  This means we have lots of Dutch tourists, which is why we have the Dutch flag flying in our town.  [Sorry for the poor photo.  The Allergy Brothers’ need to get to the playground trumped my need to take a nice photo of the flags.]

The flags of Scotland, The UK, and The Netherlands

If we were in the Netherlands, then it’s probably time for a snack and some coffee.  We tried the gluten free spicy speculoos made by Consenza.

Ingredients – Cane sugar, Corn starch, Butter (milk), Tapioca flour, Potato starch, Egg, Spices (3%)(Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Mace, Nutmeg, Allspice, Ginger), Dextrose, Thickener: guar gum, Lupine flour, Salt.

May contain traces of soy, sesame, and tree nuts.

These biscuits were really very cute as they are shaped like little windmills.  They had a pleasing, lightly spicy flavour, and a soft, cookie like texture.  This is particularly unusual in a gluten free product as these tend to be brittle and crisp. In fact, I was very happy with these speculoos until I got to the last one.  It had an unpleasant fibrous mass attached to it!  I can’t decide if I am glad or nauseated by the fact that it was the last one.  Certainly if it had been the first then I would have thrown the rest away, and I won’t be buying them again!

Oh well, better luck later.  We’ll meet again at 3.30pm for another fortifying snack and some more coffee (we’re going to miss lunch as a blog entry, but we’ll probably make a gluten free cheese toastie to keep to the theme!).

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