Speculaas spices are probably the most well-known spice blend in the Netherlands. This traditional Dutch speculaas spice mix is widely used, especially in November and December around Sinterklaas.
Traditional Dutch spice mix
In preparation for this speculaas spice mix, I went over my spice cabinet, bought some more spices and studied the ingredient list of my favorite speculaas spices. There are other spices you can use for speculaas spice mix, but I have now created a spice mix with ingredients that you can find in almost any (large) supermarket.
I also give tips in the recipe for additional optional flavorings, so you can make the spice mix just the way you like it. Because that’s the nice thing about making your own spice mix, everyone likes something different and by making it yourself you can make it exactly to your liking.
Speculaas spice mix ingredients
Speculaas spices contain a selection of the following ingredients: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, mace, cardamom, coriander, allspice, white pepper and sometimes anise powder. It varies with each spice mix and each person exactly what the composition is and whether some of these spices are omitted.
White pepper gives more spice to the spices but can also quickly dominate the taste, personally I do not like this and you will definitely not find it in my recipe. One thing is for sure, cinnamon is always the base of speculaas spice mix and therefore the most important and most present ingredient.