More festive baking for the Sinterklaas celebration (St Nicholas).
This is Taai Taai ( 'tough tough') probably because it is hard as rock when freshly baked! However a couple of days in an airtight tin will mellow it. They don't contain any butter or eggs and are just a mixture of wheat and rye flour, honey and golden syrup, flavoured with aniseed. It is originally a Friesian recipe but has become a traditional cake/biscuit all over the Netherlands to enjoy at the St Nicholas celebrations. It is often made in the shape of St Nicholas or other figures. I had intended to use a large speculaas mold in the shape of a lady holding a hawk on her shoulder but it was too long to fit in my oven! I then had a brainwave... I could use one of my collection of Chinese mooncake molds! They are the perfect size for taai taai.
I suppose those taai taai made using a Chinese mooncake mold reflect the multicultural mix of our family; Friesian, Australian, New Zealander and Chinese, and Christian, Muslim and Buddhist. The Australia of today!😄!