TOP 5 Estonian Rhubarb or Apple cakes

In Estonia is summer. And May and June are months of Rhubarb. Let me remind to you best cakes. In all recpies you can replace rhubarb and use for example apples or other berries or fruits.

Estonian Quark and Rhubarb Pie. Pidusai by Terhi

In Estonia we call this type cakes and pies “Pidusai”- means “party bread”. This is festive and beautiful and everyone get one  own piece.

Soft and Delicious Grandmothers Apple or Rhubarb Pie

This cake is classic. Old School cake. Soft and tender

Soft and Crispy Chocolate and Rhubarb Cake. Šokolaadi- rabarberikook

Amazing combination of sweet and fluffy biscuit and crispy bottom.

Soft and Crispy Quark and Rhubarb Cake. Kohupiima- rabarberikook

This is soft and Crispy Quark Cake is a great combination of tart apples/rhubarb and sweet and light quark.

Soft and Mellow Rhubarb Cake. Biskviitkattega rabarberikook

This is one of my favourite cake. I love mellow biscuit and soft bottom. I love a combination of tart rhubarb or apples and sweet dough.

Soft Oatmeal Cake with Soft Caramel Candies. Kaerahelbekook lehmakommidega

To be true, I do not know how to translate ” Lehmakomm”. I translated soft caramel candy. But in real life, I mean candies, produced in Estonia, Poland or Latvia ( and Latvian candies are the best!!) with cow picture on the package.

These candies are similar to toffees, but little bit different, I believe you can replace them with toffees (Whether Original) or dulce de leche or some similar soft caramel candies.

Use some seasonal berries or fruits: apples, rhubarb.

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Soft Caramel Candies, Lehmakommid

And! This topping is very sweet. Do not use very sweet berries or be careful with sugar.candyapplecake (20)

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Sauerkraut and Beetroot Salad. Hapukapsa-peedisalat

hapukapsapeedisalat (1)Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during autumn winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of  C vitamin, during wintertime.
Sauerkraut is a fermented food and this is not the only a source of vitamin, but this is also a source of the probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.

One wonderful salad recipe.

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Simple Anniversary Quark cake. Juubeli kohupiimakook

Juubeli quarkcake (3)In Estonia is very popular a simple and very sweet Anniversary Quark cake. Anniversary because of for preparing this cake you need special ready-to-make cake powder “Juubeli”/anniversary.

All this combination is ultra sweet. But I believe, that reason for the popularity is simplicity. You should alternately put layers of quark cream and cake powder. and that is it!

It took from me time to figure out how to share this recipe with you. I believe you have not the same cake powder in your country 😉

I did different tests and now _I believe; I got the result, good and very similar to the origin. Ok, My recipe is not very sweet But you welcome to add as much sugar you like 😉

NB! Estonians usually add some apple or rhubarb slices as one middle layer or mixed in quark cream. Adding some fruits you get more moisture and delicious cake.
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Simple and Delicious Sour Milk and Semolina Cake. Lihtne hapupiima- mannakook

Simple and Delicious Sour Milk and Semolina Cake. This one of the cakes that makes your fantasy work.
You can bake it as simple version  or add lot of different ingredients and additives and get every day new cake.
Why not to add some berries. Or nuts. Or during wintertime little bit candied fruit and ginger and cinnamon. …
This cake would like to have the accompany a sauce or jelly or kissell.

Or just some fresh strawberries 🙂

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Sour Milk Cake

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Apple and Buckthorn Pork with Juniper berries. Õunasiga kadakaga

6unasiga (11) Juicy and delicious everyday dinner. Gin and juniper berries give the meat a pleasant woody taste.
Braising produces extremely moist, tender, and flavorful meat and pork will be so soft and tender you can cut it with a spoon. Apple juice and onions forming a tasty sauce. Sweet and sour with juniper taste.

And the liquid used for braising can be used as a sauce or gravy, which is handy for pork dishes served with rice or a similar side dish.

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Juniper berries (cones) are refreshing and power-giving Nordic treats.
The type of juniper most widely spread in Estonia is the common juniper (juniperus communis). You can see it growing the most in Western and Northern parts of Estonia. Juniper symbolizes rebirth, protection and humbleness
. „There is no reason to wonder, why the juniper has become one of the symbols of our windy homeland and for all Estonian nation, showing the undying power of life, no matter what comes ahead. (Ants Viires, 2000)“

Picking juniper berries means success that can be achieved with hard work. People widely  believe that if you eat one juniper berry in a day, they stay young forever. If children have three juniper berries in a day, they are more likely to stay healthy.
This and many other sayings created a belief that a juniper can cure 9 different diseases, 99 diseases in some cases.
Since juniper berry  carries a cross formation on it, it was believed that juniper can help against witchcraft, revenants and anything evil.

It is also believed that juniper cleans and strengthens one’s body  energetically. For humans it has the best effect by breathing in, but it can also affect objects around that person. Juniper branches burnt in the house may clean up bad aura.       

 Juniper berries contain essential oils, sugars, resins, colorants, fatty acids, organic acids, carbohydrates and trace elements (Manganese, Iron, Copper and Aluminum). Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects during colds. Berries also stimulate urine and saphenia and promote digestion.

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Apple, Celery and Parsnip Soup. Õuna selleri ja pastinaagisupp

sellerisupp (10)This is a wonderful combination. Apple gives acid, celery bitterness and parsnip is sweet. All ingredients complement each other. And look at this light colour!

Change products combination and shares depending on your taste. If you like more sweet, add more parsnip and if you like more acid, use more apples.

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Porridge and Apple Pudding. Pudrupärapuding

pudrupuding (5)What is the typical Estonian breakfast?

I know that many children like to eat for breakfast Kohuke. Teenagers like more some yoghurt, quark creams or cereals with milk. The adult eats some porridge or open sandwich: rye bread covered with sausage, ham, cheese or something.  Egg in different ways… And like anywhere in the world, lot of Estonian families baking pancakes for Sunday morning.

My favourite workday breakfast is porridge. I cook oatmeal or multigrain mixture in the water. And I serve this with some butter and seeds mixture. My husband likes sweet additions. He serve his porridge with jam and butter and sour cream 🙂 🙂

But anyway.  If you cooked too much porridge, there is one perfect recipe to use leftovers in a delicious dessert.

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