One sad song too much and Speculaas Pumpkin Pie

I tried a playlist for happy songs, but that didn’t quite work out. Besides that, it’s quite difficult for me to find happy songs, for I my brain automatically pays attention to the lyrics and starts making connections to events, places and people, whether I like it or not. At other times it’s just the lyrics itself, because quite an awful lot of songs deal with problems and grief of people … or does it just sound to me like that? I can’t be sure. After all, the mind is a very complicated thing.

However, I might have listened to one sad song too much and this time I am talking about sad songs already categorised as that beforehand and not just by my brain. That lead to really bad consequences.

I even stopped blogging for over a month, although I know it’s quite efficient in battling the blues or even worse. Well, let’s say worse. Oh, I even almost stopped cooking entirely. The best thing I had were roasted vegetables with yogurt dip, but that was just once. Otherwise there was not much of creative cooking going on at all. That can’t be good.

Yes, I reckon we all know what we should be doing, but sometimes it’s next to impossible to bridge that gap of knowing and doing.

About that, we also know that some exercise on a regular basis is good and essential for a healthy life. Once more, the doing is lacking. I had just one laps into that good habit. I had exercise one day … jogging … and it almost killed me. From zero to 7,6 km is a bit of a thing. While it was extremely exhausting I had a good day the next day despite the sore muscles and despite a stressful day at work. That would prove the mood enhancing effects of exercise. Well, it was only possible, because someone else ‘forced’ me to join. So there is no hope in having that effect again on my own.

So far I’m not so sure I manage to make it much longer …

Nevertheless, I was able to advert one dangerous thing …

Mushroom 1

I didn’t have that one for dinner. I told you, nothing fancy going on in the kitchen. Due to this fact I have to take you back in time more than a month ago …

There were a lot of pumpkins in my home. You know, there were also some posts already about that. Only this little friend was remaining …

Queensland blue

… a Queensland Blue Pumpkin that is. Not that it only reminds me I put all my traveling plans on hold fro the time being, but I actually did some baking with it. I wanted to try a pumpkin pie and the specials spice mix that was sent to me by The Speculaas Spice Company already some time ago.

That would lead now to the …

Speculaas Pumpkin Pie

I’m quite a fan of Speculaas biscuits, if I allow myself to have some. So I put high hopes into this one and wasn’t disappointed.

150 g butter
100 g sugar
Pinch of salt
250 g flour
2 tsp. Vandotsch Speculaas spice mix (or cinnamon)
1 egg
500 g pumpkin flesh (I reckon)
100 g sugar
1 small piece of ginger
2 tsp. Vandotsch Speculaas spice mix (or cinnamon)
300 g cream cheese
3 eggs

Now you might know how to make shortcrust pastry … I try to remember. Still suffering from the effects of that sad song.

I’d say, mix all the dry ingredients and then go for the butter and the egg bringing it carefully together until you have your pastry. Chill for 30 minutes.

You might even be tempted to use ready made shortcrust pastry, but then I reckon, you loose out on the Speculaas taste in it.

Pumpkin Pie 1

I guess, that leads us now to prepare the filling. First of all you need to slaughter that pumpkin without bringing any bodily harm to yourself or too much mess. I’m not sure whether I am perfectly capable of that … I spare you the details.

Once you have the flesh of the pumpkin (Not your own – I said I spare you the details, didn’t I?) cut into small pieces, you can cook it together with the finely chopped ginger.

when you have achieved that without any further damage (spare, I said), let it cool down a bit and then toss it together with the remaining ingredients into the mixer, food processor or the like and get it all finely mixed.


Yes, really!

Blind bake your pastry (in a tart tin) for 12 minutes at 180 °C. Then top it up with the filling and continue baking for 30 minutes.

That should do!

Pumpkin Pie 2

If I remember right, that was the way I ate it. Don’t leave it too long to be eaten up. Naturally you should not try to eat the while thing just by yourself.

Just saying!

Life can be hard at times, especially when you can’t leave the prison in your mind.

While I can not promise you some new recipes any time soon, there are still a few things I haven’t managed to post so far. I hope, I will be working on it.

I’m not sure whether everything is said at this junction, but I found out it can be quite easy to go into hiding.

Expect the unexpected …

Speculaas Pumpkin Pie (Ich wüsste nicht, warum man das übersetzen sollte)

So, da bin ich wieder. War ich weg? Muss wohl.

Da ich irgendwie ein totaler Spekulatius Fan bin, wenn ich es mir denn mal erlaube zu gönnen, habe ich mich schon ein bissel gefreut eine Spickaals Gewürzmischung von The Speculaas Spice Company zu bekommen.

Bis heute habe ich nicht verstanden, warum es Spekulatius nur ein paar Monate im Jahr gibt. Aber das ist nun völlig egal, ich habe ja die Gewürzmischung und da gibt es nun Spickaals Pumpkin Pie.

Pumpkin Pie 3

150 g Butter
100 g Zucker
Eine Prise Salz
250 g Mehl
2 TL Speculaas Gewürzmischung (oder Zimt)
1 Ei
100 g Zucker
Ein kleines Stück Ingwer
2 TL Speculaas Gewürzmischung (oder Zimt)
300 g Frischkäse
3 Eier

Na dann wollen wir mal. Erst mal den Mürbeteig. Man könnte natürlich fertigen nehmen, aber dann bleibt die Spekulatiusnote aus.

Erst die trockenen Zutaten mischen und anschließend vorsichtig die Butter und das Ei einarbeiten bis ein schöner … äh … Mürbeteig entsteht. Für 30 Minuten kalt stellen.

Zur Füllung: Das Kürbisfruchtfleisch mit dem feingehackten Ingwer weich kochen. Dann abkühlen lassen. Abschließend mit den restlichen  Zutaten für die Füllung im Mixer … äh … mixen.

Den Teig in eine Backform geben und für 12 Minuten bei 180 °C blind backen. Dann die Füllung drauf und weitere 30 Minuten backen.

Das war’s.

Würde ich mal so sagen. Natürlich erwähne ich hier nicht, dass man ja den Kuchen noch abkühlen lassen kann, bevor man ihn gänzlich aus der Form schraubt und konsumiert.

Ich hoffe, es schmeckt euch. Nun jedenfalls müsste ich wohl erst wieder Kürbis nachkaufen bevor es wieder Kürbisrezepte gibt.

Wenn ich es mal wieder schaffe, was interessantes zu kochen … oder backen, dann werdet ihr es hier finden.

Denke ich doch!?


One sad song too much and Speculaas Pumpkin Pie — 5 Comments

  1. We missed you, Chris, your silence wasn’t unnoticed, but as I am a bit struggling with my own issues, I haven’t had a chance to ask how you were, sorry. Hope now that you posted, you might feel tempted to do a bit more. I remember when I was very young and in love, all songs seemed to be about love and despair. These days I listen to the Classic FM while cooking, seems to be spurring me into a kind of mini-bravura. Hugs.

  2. Your pumpkin pie looks lovely. I must admit my playlist tends to be on the music of doom side. I really must sort out some happier songs!

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