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Crunchy Marzipan and Bilberry Cake. Marjakook martsipaniga

marzipancake (28)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.

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Marzipan

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

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Crispy Waffles with Mineral Water. Vahvlid

minwaffle1 (5) Waffles have a very important role in Estonian history.
At the end of the 80s when the Soviet Union started to collapse, people began to private business. Private business was until then prohibited but the end of the 80s was the perfect time to start it.

And a lot of Estonians earned their ” first million” to baking.. waffles…

This was the easiest way to earn some money. Everyone had at home waffle baker, everyone knows recipes and making waffles was very easy.

A few years later this business was out of fashion 🙂 and people became set up more advanced businesses: shops and plants.

And what is the saddest, we throw away our old waffle makers “ESTA” or “Volta”. This is very sad because using modern waffle makers you NEVER get the similar result we used to. Old-time waffles were very thin and light and very crispy.

Now are these old waffle makers rarity and possible to get only in the black market paying a high price.

One option to achieve a similar result is to use mineral water instead of milk
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Simple Bitter Sweet Black Currant Cake. Mustsõstrakook

blackcurcake (1)Simple and delicious cake for people, who do not want or like very sweet cakes.

The bitterness of the chocolate, sweet and sour berries creating a wonderful combination.

Quark makes this cake lighter and healthier

And make quark by yourself. Trust me: It is much simpler to make than you might think. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉
Look at for recipe.
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Smoked Baltic Herring Pie. Suitsuräimepirukas

suitsuraimepirukas (4)Baltic Herrings are Estonian national fish.

And especially I love smoked Baltic herrings. Of Course, you are free to use any other fish. But to achieve Estonian flavours you should pick Baltic herrings and prepare dough from rye flour.

Rye flour gives for bottom little bit sweet and caramel taste. The sweetness of rye suits perfectly with saltines of fish.

 

 

 

 

 

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Simple Quark and Bread Pudding. Lihtne kohupiimavorm saiaga.

quarkpudding (30)when I was a child, my mother used to make us simple everyday dessert. She smeared bread slices with quark cream and baked on the oven.

It was a delicious dessert or breakfast.

This dessert is inspired by this old retro dessert, but more difficult…:) I would say, that this dessert is for advanced…:)

because of .. you should add-on top of the bread slice, smeared with quark cream.. add some more layers 😉 more bread and more quark cream 😉

 

 

 

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Sour Milk Flat Scones. Hapupiimakakud

odrakakakud (15)Very simple and delicious dish. Sour Milk Scones are very easy to make and bake and it is a perfect idea to ask children to help you.

This is an ancient recipe from South Estonia, Võrumaa. Sour Milk Flat Scones are Predecessor of pancakes and later scones. In the old days, they were baked in hot ash or on hot stone clay.
ethnographer Aliise Moora’s book “Older food of the Estonian peasantry” reads that Estonian peasant woman made a flat loaf of rye or barley flour dough, pressed fingerprints and shook on the salt. The cakes were baked against a fire, either on a stone, on a tree, or on the bottom of a pot. The Paistekakk was smeared with a piece of lard during baking and meanwhile turned over. The Paistekakk was also baked for breakfast, as is customary for pancakes.
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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 Yeast Free Cabbage Hand Pies. Pärmivabad kapsapirukad

handpies (26)Waiting for a white ship is something Estonian. This is a concept and myth about freedom.

The concept dates from 1861 when several hundred followers of the religious prophet Juhan Leinberg (the so-called prophet Maltsvet), mostly peasants, waited for a few weeks near Tallinn for a white ship to take them away to a more prosperous and free country. The concept soon spread widely because it was used in literature.

After the Soviet regime was restored in Estonia in 1944, the concept quickly acquired a specific meaning – the white ship stood for the end of Soviet power, either by means of the intervention by Western countries or by diplomatic pressure. Waiting for the white ship was a popular concept especially in the post-war decade, and the ruling regime had to work strenuously against it.

When outside is winter, without snow and cold.  Concept about waiting for liberty and changes is still actual. Please, spring, come as soon as you can!

24 February is the national day of Estonia, marking its declaration of freedom in 1918. Celebrate with us !

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