Monday, November 19, 2007

What to Cook Next? Soon It Will Be the Season for Joulutortut or Christmas Tarts

With lots of things going on recently (shows for my quilted accessory business satch'elle, Thanksgiving planning, preparations for our trip to Italy), I haven't been cooking any Finnish recipes. However, I have a number of things I want to try.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I definitely want to try making the traditional Finnish prune tarts or Joulutortut - these are a pinwheel type of cookie with a prune filling. I have a recipe from the Gloucester cookbooks to try for this cookie. Gingersnaps or Pipparkakkuja sound like another good Christmas cookie.

Also, I've gotten some recipe ideas from some of my blog readers. Jim in Maine regularly makes the Sour Rye Bread or Ruisleipä recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas' The Finnish Cookbook. I'd like to give that a try - it requires a sour rye starter which takes a couple of days to make.

Another reader told me about her grandmother's Finnish community in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. She remembered her Grandmother going to the Finnish bakery and buying what she called Skorpuu. This was a sliced bread baked with a sugar mix coating both sides of the slice. These sound similar to the Cinnamon Korppu (or Rusk) recipe in Beatrice Ojakangas' cookbook - the Finnish name is Kanelikorppu.

So, lots of ambition - but probably no new recipe experiments until next week, after Thanksgiving is over. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

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