I’m back with another Daring Bakers challenge! We kicked off the year with a European delicacy: baumkuchen, otherwise known as tree cake. It’s so called because the multiple layers resemble the rings of a tree, especially on the original cylindrical cake, which is baked on a spit and is then cut into rings.
Looks like I’m late for the Daring Bakers post again! This month we made a Dutch confection called gevulde speculaas (stuffed speculaas), which is a sort of cake/cookie filled with almond paste.
The fun thing about this challenge is that we were encouraged to make the spice mix and almond paste from scratch. I even ground the spices and almonds, and it was a great way to try out my new food processor ;D I’m gonna miss the squeezer and juice extractor from my previous processor, but the new one has a nifty coffee grinder which is great for spices.