Amazing berry cake with crispy bottom and top and juicy filling. Marzipan is very sweet and tartness of berries balancing and complements the light sweet almond taste of the marzipan.
Marzipan is one of the oldest sweets made in Estonia, and it was first used as a medicine as it was thought it has healing properties and was sold in the Town Hall Pharmacy of Tallinn. As the legend has it, the sweet was invented by a man who worked at the pharmacy. However, the city of Lübeck in Germany also claims to have invented the treat.
The word “marzipan” is derived from German Marzipan or Italian marzapane, most likely after St. Marcus; the Estonian name is martsipan. This product is an elastic paste made of grated, powdered almonds and powdered sugar. Read more about marzipan
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.
Juicy, grainy and healthy autumn cake. ( of course, you can bake it in winter or summer, too).
But sweet carrots, tart apples make wonderful and moisture and juicy combination.
You can replace sugar to unrefined sugar or honey and get a healthier result. But my recipe is from the seventies. From the time when people used sugar and butter 🙂
Paskha (also spelled pascha, or pasha; Russian: па́сха; [ˈpasxə]; “Easter”) is a festive dish made in Eastern Orthodox countries.
Estonian religious population is predominantly Christian. In 1845–1848, the movement from the Lutheran Church to the Russian Orthodox Church took place in all the southern Estonian counties and about 17% of the peasants in southern Estonia converted to Orthodoxy. Until then, Orthodoxy was mainly the religion of the local Russians and Seto (Setu) people.
Reason to change religion was hope to get land and better conditions.
So, lot of Russian Orthodox Church rituals and dish are still popular. I am personally do not like pasha. But pasha- inspired cake is very delicious.
Do you need baking ideas?
4 ingriedient Oatmeal Cookies is the best for unexpected guest.
Because 11th of November is Mardipäev. And probably in afternoon, bells the ring, and behind the door are singing children…:)
The ritual visit was done, singing. At first, behind the door they asked to be let in, singing. Then danced and asked for bounties (food), singing. At last they thanked and wished luck, e.g. good corn, suitors for the daughter of the family. They cursed the family if the door was not opened and they were not let in, e.g. they wished the family illnesses, hunger and other bad fortune.
The foods of St Martin’s Day were fowl (especially goose), sausages of groat and flour, scon. In the name of St Martin’s Day/Martinmas, Mardipäev, Nov 10 the pagan lore (related to the soul’s time) can redound as well as the Christian tradition. It is possible that an old pagan holiday melted into a Christian saint’s day which was in the same period of time and had a similar name.
Mardus (also marras, margus, mardo) – Estonian fairy of deaths, the predictor of deaths, in the older time probably a dead person (compare with marta – indo-iranian stem for ’mortal’). Marraskuu (also mardakuu ) – in Finnish ’the month of the dead’, November Originally, only the men went around as mardid, from the end of the 19th century the girls dressed as men began to do it too. On St Martin’s Day people disguise them into unknown, dark, ugly and furry male beings, using fur coats, tow, birchbark a.s.o. Masks, black and dark clothes can be associated to the cult of the dead, hairiness is associated with fertility. ( text by Taive Särg) Continue reading “Oatmeal Cookies”