Tag: baking

Buckwheat and Quark Fritters. Tatra- kohupiimapallid

tatrapall1 (5)Good dish for “meat free Mondays ” 🙂

Notice, that if you change balance of buckwheat and quark  in favour of buckwheat, you receive more crispy result. Eat warm, because cold dish become crispy, as well (what is not bad at all).

In my picture are balls. But if you prefer to serve them as burger, form loaves.

I’m not a big fan of frying these fritters as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway. 🙂

Therefore, I’ve adapted the  recipe for baking in the oven.

In case you want to fry on to the skillet: leave dough in to the refrigerator at least for  an 1 hour, before frying.

I decided, that buckwheat flour is too expensive, so I did this by myself from buckwheat groats 🙂 In this case  I suggest to use closed mill: blender or similar. otherwise count with cleaning… 🙂
Groats are so light, that they are jumping out from your mixer:)

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Moscow Buns. Moskva saiakesed

Moscow Buns are retro. I used to buy these delicious treats as a child from our local bakery where they were served fresh and warm straight from the oven.
I’m not quite familiar with the origin of this bun’s name or why it has ‘Moscow’ in it. I assume that the background of these pies is similar to many other classic Soviet era pastry recipes. Due to the lack of products, bakers used to replace the ingredients in the original recipe with whatever was available and got a new recipe.

Unlike Danish buttery pastries the dough you need doesn’t need to be as complicated  buttery yeast dough, but yeast dough just combined with butter
The filling used in these buns is not some fancy expensive cream but a simple mix that contains semolina and whole eggs. Please note that Moscow buns don’t contain any fruit.

Good old Google says that Moscow buns were invented in Estonia…who knows, it’s possible. 🙂 🙂

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Oven Baked Syrniki. Ahjus küpsetatud Sõrnikud

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Syrniki. Sõrnikud http://www.estoniancuisine.com

Sõrnikud made its way to Estonian cuisine from Russia.

As these fluffy quark fritters are very delicious Sõrnikud were quickly adapted by Estonian sweet teeth.

Sõr /сыр means in Russian cheese and/or quark. So, these are small cheesecakes 🙂 🙂


I’m not a big fan of frying these cakes as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway. 🙂


Therefore, I’ve adapted from the original recipe to make Sõrnikud suitable for baking in the oven.

 

 

This January, I would like to introduce you to a foreign dish that throughout the years has become more and more popular in Estonia to the point where me and my fellow estonians consider it being part of our national cuisine.

 

 

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Simple Salmon Pie. Lõhepirukas

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Simple Salmon Pie. Lõhepirukas

Last year I wrote a lot of about Estonian Christmas customs. But New Year eve NÄÄRID  is very important as well.  During Soviet times (1945- 1987)  Christmas was prohibited and was only New year eve.
Today we have two amazing holiday 🙂
New year eve was as was Christmas perfect time for predictions.
What is maybe interesting and different:
On 31 December there are special (humor) TV shows  on all Estonian TV channels, causing a lot of discussion afterwards (Which program was better? Why? etc.).
One more tradition is, that The President of the Republic delivers a speech on radio and TV during the last minutes of the old year.

As probably everywhere New Year is greeted with fireworks and drinking sparkling wine. People wish a Happy New Year (Head uut aastat!) to each other. And it is a good sign when the first New Year wishes are said by a man with dark hair 🙂

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Cinnamon Rolls. Kaneelikuklid

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Cinnamon Rolls. Kaneelikuklid

Cinnamon Rolls remind me always Astrid Lindgren books. Warm and lovely childhood summers at my GrandmaThe softest, fluffiest homemade cinnamon roll ever! Loaded with cinnamon brown sugar … mmm..
This is one dish which came in Estonian cuisine from Scandinavia, but same as with all dishes, Estonian cinnamon rolls taste different as Swedish rolls.

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Cinnamon Rolls

  • Servings: 15-16 buns
  • Difficulty: easy
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The perfect soft, fluffy cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 dl milk
  • 30 g yeast
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 75 g butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 dl flour
  • For filling

  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • cinnamon powder
  • 40 g butter, melted
  • 1 egg for coating buns
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Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

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Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

 

OMG :). Did you know that expression OMG will be this year 100 years old?

And Winston Churchill used it the first time to describe the situation in Tallinn (this time Tallinn was Reval).

Now situation in Tallinn is ok :). Thank you for asking 🙂

But I will present OMG dish. Because of I believe that this or similar dish in each cuisine, because this is dish ” what to do with mashed potatoes leftovers”.

I will describe  to You Estonian version.

And if you really do not know, how to do mashed potatoes, please look at this recipe.

Potatoes Casserole. Kartuliporss

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious dish for a dinner.

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“Curly Top” Cake. Kräsupea kook

krasupea1(10)Father’s Day in Estonia is always celebrated and observed on Second Sunday of November each year. So, Happy Fathers Day!!!
And lets bake one cake for all fathers 🙂

This is “retro” cake. A sour cream layer cake with a topping made from chunks of white cake mixed with sour cream that looks like a curly hairdo (kräsupea). This cake from times, when in stores were nothing.
My cake look very decent 🙂 ( to get better photo 🙂 ). I did not made last layer from cake cubes but as usual layer.

For lazy people tip: you can use just cookies and do not waste time for baking layers.
For better result leave cake to set overnight.

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Apple Pie by Virve. Virve õunakook

One of the easiest cake in the world.  I prefer yeast puff pastry with butter.

Apple Pie by Virve

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A Easy Apple Pie.

Important:
1. Puff pastry is blend. Do not use mild apples or season them with ginger, lemon.
2. If you prefer soft apples in cake, preheat and cook them before.

Apple Pie by Virve

Ingredients

  • 400- 600 g yeast-puff pastry with butter.  Frozen pastry thaw before use.
  • 1 litre thin chopped apples or rhubarb.
  • (sugar, if use rhubarb), cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 table-spoon sugar
  • 4 table-spoon flour
  • almond chips, icing sugar

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Buckwheat and Mushroom Casserole. Vegetable Recipe. Tatra- seenevorm

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Buckwheat and Mushroom Casserole http://www.estoniancuisine.com

The first written notices approve that buckwheat was in Estonia already in 14 th of century. Later, in 19 th century became potato more popular, but still buckwheat is very common and popular in Estonian cuisine.

This is my favourite. Easy to cook and healthy to eat.
By book you should buckwheat before cooking, simmer in hot butter. But at least in Estonia buckwheat is too “dirty” and I  start buckwheat cooking from washing.

I wash buckweat, pour it in  to the boiling water, add some salt and after 15 minutes, strain. Then I heat buckweat in a pot until water has evaporated and add some butter.

Perfect dinner, if you cooked yesterday too much buckwheat:)

Estonian peasants regarded mushrooms primarily as a food consumed during famine or war periods. Mushroom foraging and cooking with mushrooms was more wide-spread in Eastern and South-Eastern parts of Estonia, which had received more Slavic influences. Mushrooms as food gained wider popularity in the 20th century, when they were introduced in magazines and various workshops as tasty and healthy vegetarian food.

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