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.
In a cooperation with Estonian food blogger Ruta (click to: https://estoniancuisine.com/) a new project was born. One in which we give each other traditional recipes form our countries and try to recreate them in our kitchens. I got this beautiful blueberry cake which consists of qaurk, a sort of fresh cheese, and it’s the first time I made anything like this.
The cake is light and refreshing, perfect for springtime.
Impossible to write Estonian food blog without quark.
You can buy quark from shop, but this is very easy to do by yourself.
If you have children, call them to join. To make quark is fun process and lesson about chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation 🙂 Quark recipe you can find here.
Estonian quark is made from skimmed milk and mesophilic starter. This is fat-free and mesophilic means, that quark is fermented on the low temperature. And if quark ready, bake delicious quark- cake.
I do not eat and like too many cookies and pies, but twice in the year: gingerbread and Shrove Tuesday Buns… I can eat without shame and limit 🙂
It seems easy stuff, but in Estonia, we have two parties. One camp says that Vastlakukkel must be only with whipped cream. And others are sure, that it must contain whipped cream and jam. So, the choice is yours.