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
Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake.
A delicious and very sweet old school real food cake
This cake from an era, when people ate sugar and butter and flour… Very sweet, very rich. Buttercream and chocolate and a lot of crunchy nuts.
This is a cake from my childhood. The cake from a time when calories were burned playing in the yard. But still. This simple and rich cake was my favourite at this time and now, as well.
Well, now I just use less sugar and more cacao :)…
Estonian first University was established in 1632 and The University of Tartu is among the top 2% of the world`s universities and the highest-ranked in the Baltic States.
We are very proud of our educational system.
Estonia, Finland and Canada rank high on PISA tests. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
Estonia is a digital society.
I need only 5 minutes to fill out a declaration of my income tax or get a doctor prescription or to participate in elections. Because of e- state and e-government.
Estonia has started teaching first graders to code. And final GoCompare research has revealed Tallinn to be the world best city for millennials starting a business 🙂
September 1 is celebrated as Knowledge Day in Estonia. School Summer Holiday is over and an academic year runs again from 1 September.
Let’s celebrate with us and prepare simple retro Mayonnaise Cookies.
Despite the Mayonnaise, these cookies are sweet.
The good child has many names. This Toome salad has the other name “Pail Salad”.
Word “Toome” has two meanings, as well.
Toome- bird cherry, and Toome as international meaning – “Dom”
It was not a very long time ago when from October until May we have not fresh vegetables and fruits. Around a year were available only a few: apple, cabbage, onion, cranberries, cowberries, turnip, carrots. And that is all.
To get all others, we made preserves: salted, marinades, jams, compote…
The origin of the Toome Salad dates back to this time.
In the autumn put all mothers and grandmothers these salad ingredients as layers into the pail. Salad settled overnight, and later, the salad was heated, canned in banks to preserve vitamins for over winter.
Now we have not to need for this. Fresh cucumbers are available around a year and we can make this salad every day.
This is a very very simple dessert, but amazingly delicious.
In Estonia we call this dessert ” Taani talutüdruk”.
In direct translation ” Taani talutüdruk” means ” Danish farm girl”. Æblekage med ristet rasp/Gammeldags æblekage.
This dessert is very popular in Estonia because of the taste and simplicity.
Danes serve this with apple jam. Taani talutüdruk in Estonian style is with cowberry or cranberry or black currant jam.
For more better result we add some Kama in to the curd cream to get more flavour.
On my photo I used cowberry- apple jam and Estonian rye bread.
How to do Estonian Rye bread
How to do cowberry- apple jam
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. 🙂 🙂
If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over!
Kirju Koer is one of my favourite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. The perfect and very very sweet old school dessert or cake.
It is up to you, How do you like to call this:)
Kirju koer means Spotted Dog and this name came from how this cake looks like. This is a perfect combination of sweet and sour, tart marmalade pieces complement very well bitterness of chocolate and sweet cookies.
For this dessert, you need an old school marmalade. I am not sure, that you can buy it in your country, In case it is impossible, use just berries and fruits.