Tag: pies

Very Simple Juicy Apple and Barley Flour Cake. Õuna- odrajahukook

odra6unakook (8)One of the oldest grain cereals in Estonia was barley.

Barley was the mundane and the ordinary food, and belonged on the table for common people. The oldest data of barley growing in Estonia dates back to the beginning of the first millennium BC.

And we still love barley. Karask is the famous dish in Estonian ethnic cuisine. But add some apples, and you get very delicious, simple and juicy cake.

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Berry Cake by Siiri. Siiri mustikakook

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I have been used in all my posts word “blueberry” in meaning ” wild blueberry”. Now I read Aho blog and found out that right expression is bilberry?

In Estonia we are saying: “Heal lapsel mitu nime” – a good child has many names.
As I live in Estonia, Estonia is one of the greenest countries in the world: about 50% of Estonian territory is covered with forest.
I forage my berries by myself from forest. And use in recipes wild blueberries/ bilberries.
Picking fresh blueberries, your mouth and hands are pink, fresh air and high roaring pines… this is amazing. This is a summer.,

This year is The Blueberry Year.
I believe, that this is the first time I would say thank you for global warming. May and June and July in Estonia were amazing. Very warm, lot of sun. Real summer.

Did you know ? Estonia has the 2nd cleanest food in Europe (EFSA)

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Weed Pie. Umbrohupirukas

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Do you know this fairy tale. About girl, who must, to rescue her brothers, knit a jacket from.. nettles..?

This is a  good story about love.

But to exterminate and consume all weed in your garden….. You do not need so extreme solutions 🙂

Just, bake a pie. From weed. Delicious and weeding in the garden gets some very good point 🙂

Rich, savory custard flecked with things like quark and fresh weed baked in a buttery crust,

I do not write how healthy are nettles, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves and goutweed. You can read this from Wikipedia:) But believe me, they are healthy. The first vitamins source in the spring.

Goutweed taste like carrots and celery. Nettles are little bit sweet. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles keep 1-2 minutes in the boiling water. Goutweed and wood sorrel are edible fresh.
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NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weed, growing in the pure environment.

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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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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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“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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Blueberry Crunch Pie with grilled Meadowsweet

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.mustika kreemikook (9)
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.

Blueberry Crunch Pie

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A juicy crunchy pie full of berries and with meadowsweet almond- taste


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Ingredients

    Quark Shortcrust Pastry
  • 200 g cold butter
  • 200 g quark, look at recipe
  • 300 g flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cream

  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 3 egg yolk
  • 2 dl 35% cream
  • 1 dl milk
  • –  ca 200 ml berries. If using frozen berries, mix with starch

  • bunch of chopped meadowsweet flowers

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. For cream: mix together sugar, flour and egg yolks. Add cream and milk. Heat while mixture getting thicker.
  3. Put 2/3 of pastry in to the oven form. Bake for 20 minute at 200 C, while pastry is solid
  4. Pour on to the pastry cream and  berries mixed with chopped flowers,
  5. Cut the rest of the dough in to the pieces and sprinkle over the cake.
  6. Bake for 20 minute, while pie is crusty and yellow-brown
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  8. For grilling meadow-sweet.  angervaks (4)
  9. 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.angervaks (5)

    Head isu!

See, how Tea made this cake.

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Soft and Delicious Grandmothers Apple or Rhubarb Pie

Estonian women are able to weave a cobweb.

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Haapsalu shawl over 200 years old Estonian traditional lace shawl. Always knitted with fine wool, so you can pull the shawl through wedding ring.

Haapsalu shawl over 200 years old Estonian traditional lace shawl. Always knitted with fine wool, so you can pull the shawl through wedding ring. The skill has been handed down from mother to daughter, from one master knitter to another for one and half centuries.

Haapsalu, a small resort town on the west coast of Estonia, is famous for its 13th-century castle ruins, curative mud baths, and the legend of the White Lady. Created using lambs’ wool, the tradition started when members of the Russian aristocracy  including the royal Romanov family  visited the famous healing mud baths at the start of the 19th century. As they walked from the warm baths into the chilly courtyard outside, these women would fling a delicate shawl around their shoulders to keep warm.

Haapsalu shawl is something I am never able to knit, but I believe, that this  cake is the most easily baked pie in the world.
My grandmother did this using barley flour. But this is same delicious with wheat or whatever flour. Continue reading “Soft and Delicious Grandmothers Apple or Rhubarb Pie”