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.
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.
This is again the very simple cake. If you do not have time, use biscuit cookies (like Lady Fingers or similar) for bottom and ready Pudding.
Apples are not my first choice. Apples are usual. And if you have so wide choice, why to pick the apples?
And then somewhere someone serving to me some apple jam and…I am sold.
My mother told me, when I was baby I had very bad appetite. One trick to make me eat was use everywhere apple jam and hide others ingredients and food under it 🙂
The key of this cake is apple jam. Specific mild apple taste.
Estonia has not link with the corn. We have too cold climate to grow maize.
In 1953 was Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev (Hruštšov). He was an interesting type. Made efforts to turn rivers upside down and grow corn everywhere. Even in North.
So, Estonian farmers tried to grow corn, and result was, that corn crown ca 30 cm in length. Suitable only for animal fodder 🙂
In 80s year was in Estonia very popular children TV show
” Saturday Evening with Daddy”. Presenters were uncle Raivo and big fat red cat Artur.
And in this show was presented and introduced The Cat Artur Cake. This was very simple but extra sweet combination from special toffee candies and sweet corn sticks.
I am not very sure that you have both of them in your country, so I did revised version. (And this is less sweet and even better 🙂 :).)
In Estonia School starts at 1st of September. This is the festive day. There are a lot of flowers for teachers. And Children wear formal clothing. And at the school take place festive ceremony, concert.
And then starts school… 9 long months until beginning of the June, when finally starts summer vacation.
The current Estonian educational system consists of pre-school education, basic education, general secondary education, vocational education and higher education. Basic education is the compulsory educational minimum which is provided by basic schools (grades 1-9). Children reaching the age of seven have to attend school.
For this festive and important day simple berry pie. Meadowsweet is sweet and taste like almond. It complement very well the acidity of wild blueberries.
– ca 200 ml berries. If using frozen berries, mix with starch
bunch of chopped meadowsweet flowers
Chop cold butter in to the small pieces, add quark, flour and salt and sugar. Mix together. Leave in cold place at least for 1 hour.
For cream: mix together sugar, flour and egg yolks. Add cream and milk. Heat while mixture getting thicker.
Put 2/3 of pastry in to the oven form. Bake for 20 minute at 200 C, while pastry is solid
Pour on to the pastry cream and berries mixed with chopped flowers,
Cut the rest of the dough in to the pieces and sprinkle over the cake.
Bake for 20 minute, while pie is crusty and yellow-brown
For grilling meadow-sweet.
Mix together starch , flour and cold water.
Heat the oil in a deep-fryer. Dip flowers in to the dough. Carefully place the flowers in the hot oil. Fry until browned. Remove and drain on paper towels before serving.
Sprinkle over with icing sugar.
Yes. Fresh meadowsweet flowers are eatable, too :). And if you do not want/ like deep- frying, put flowers on top/ behind the cake and bake while crispy.