We have decided to cheer ourselves up in dark month of November by baking some traditional Christmas sweets as a family.
Our most favourite are Piparkakku and Joulutorttu.
Piparkakku a.k.a ginger bread, a.k.a. имбирный пряинк is quite easy to make if you buy a ready dough. We think it’s the easiest way to bake with little kids. There are plenty of different kind in every shop. We bought our (vegan) dough in Ikea shop.
Joulutorttu a.k.a. Christmas tart, a.k.a. Рождественский тарт is usually made in the shape of a star from a puff pastry. In the middle is placed fruit jam. The most traditional one is plum jam. We used fig jam because it’s our favourite. You can buy a puff dough in every supermarket in Finland in frozen section. The package has a picture of Joulutorttu on it, so you know you got the right one.
And don’t forget to serve all of it with Glögi a.k.a Глёг. It is sort of spiced juice served with raisins and slices of almond. There are non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions of this drink.
Stay warm! And enjoy all the tasty things Finland can offer in the darkest month.