Very few French people have actually been to Belgium and yet, I really think that there are cities worth visiting. As every country, Belgium has its own culinary culture. For instance, they are used to eating a lot of "tartines" for dinner : a large slice of bread on which they spread hams, cheese, mayonnaise-based salads, fruits syrups or just jams. As a result, you find a selection of "spreads" that I have never seen in French supermarkets! Sure, a supermarket in Gent is very similar to a French supermarket and way less exotic than an Asian one to me! But still, worth a short visit!
Beyond Chocolates and waffles, Belgium is also reknown for their Speculos cookies. They are sold in every supermarket and under many brand names. For Americans who are
For the crumble:
- 100 gr (3.5 oz) butter at room temperature
- 100 gr ( 3.5 oz) light brown cane sugar
- 100 gr ( 3.5 oz) All Purpose flour
- 6 Sugar Spice Cookies (or about 8 Speculos that tend to be smaller than Sugar Spice Cookies), crushed
For the filling:
- 3 apples, cut into small pieces
- 1 large ripe mango, cut into pieces
- 50 gr (1.75oz) sugar
- 10 gr (0.35oz) butter
- 2 additional Sugar Spice Cookies, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175C)
- Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Add flour, and crushed cookies. Stir well.
- Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 30 minutes
- In a pan, melt butter and pre-cook the apples in sugar
- Add mango pieces and crushed cookies and stir gently.
- Divide among 6 ramequins
- Cover with crumble
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
My Personal Comments:
- This would be very good with a Cinnamon icecream or mango sorbet.