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Makea voileipäkku / Sweet Sandwich Cake.

Sweet Sandwich Cake

9 slices of wheat bread (slice size approx. 10×10 cm)

300 g fresh strawberries

1 lime

(strong-flavored) mint

2 dl whipping cream

200 g mascarpone

3 tbsp elderflower juice concentrate

2 tbsp powdered sugar

1.5 dl milk

a pinch of vanilla sugar

 

To garnish:

strawberries, highbush blueberries, herbs and edible flowers

 

Cut the strawberries into small pieces and place them in a bowl. Wash the lime well. Grate the lime zest and extract the lime juice. Add the finely chopped mint and leave the strawberries aside for a moment to allow the flavor to intensify.

Whip the cream to make a light foam. Add the mascarpone, elderflower juice concentrate and powdered sugar and whip to make a mousse.

Place three bread slices lengthwise on the base of a rectangular cake carrier. Add vanilla sugar to the milk and dampen the bread slices with the milk. Spread one third of the mascarpone mousse over the bread slices and add half of the strawberries. Make the second layer in the same way. Spread the remaining mousse over the third bread layer and garnish with berries and herbs. Close the cake carrier and place it in the fridge, letting the cake’s flavor intensify.

 

Note! You can make the cake in advance the day before serving, but it may be best to garnish the cake right before serving, depending on what garnishes you use. Many edible flowers and herbs get easily wilted and the garnishes may not stay fresh until the next day.

 

Thank you for the delicious recipe @pilvilinnan_anna

Grilliruokaa kesäisellä kattauksella. Grilled food in a summery table.

Menu for the grill season opening

Grilled beef entrecôte and chipotle mayonnaise

Marinated vegetable skewers

Barbecue tomatoes with parmesan

 

For 4 people

 

4 beef entrecôte steaks (each 250 g)

salt and black pepper from a grinder

 

Vegetable skewers:

3 bell peppers

1 eggplant

2–3 courgettes

2 onions

 

Marinade for the skewers:

1 dl rapeseed oil

2–3 cloves of garlic, minced

½ dl fresh thyme, chopped

2 tbsp dark balsamic vinegar

salt and black pepper from a grinder

 

4 beef tomatoes

a dash of olive oil

salt and black pepper from a grinder

Parmesan cheese for serving

 

Chipotle mayonnaise:

3 dl full-fat mayonnaise

1 tsp sambal oelek

½–1 tsp dried and crushed chipotle

a pinch of sugar

salt and black pepper from a grinder

 

Prepare the vegetable skewers by cutting vegetables into large pieces. Place the eggplant in a different bowl and add some salt and sweat for about an hour. Then, dry the pieces lightly with paper towels and combine with other vegetables.

Prepare the marinade by combining the ingredients. Mix thoroughly with the vegetables. Let sit for 1–2 hours. You can also prepare them the previous day. Skewer the vegetables.

Prepare the mayonnaise by combining the ingredients in a bowl and mixing carefully. You may also do this the previous day and let the flavor intensify in the fridge.

Take the steaks out of the refrigerator roughly one hour before grilling.

Cut the top and bottom of the tomatoes off and season.

Place the vegetable skewers on the grill first. Grill them over hot embers or gas (approximately 200 degrees) for approximately 10 minutes, turning every now and then. You can baste the skewers with marinade during grilling. Transfer the skewers to a lower heat or set aside onto a plate and cover with foil.

Increase the heat in the grill (to 225–250 degrees). Brush the grate lightly with oil and place the entrecôte steaks and beef tomatoes on the grill. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks for approximately 2–5 minutes on both sides, depending on the doneness you want. The tomatoes will cook in roughly the same time as the steaks.

Roll the steaks in foil tightly and let sit for approximately 10 minutes before serving, this will allow the heat to stabilize and keep the steaks juicy.

Serve the beef entrecôte steaks with vegetable skewers, barbecue tomatoes sprinkled with parmesan and chipotle mayonnaise!

 

Table of entrecôte steak doneness:

 

WELL DONE

The inside of a thoroughly cooked steak is gray. The internal temperature of the meat is approx. 70 degrees. Grill for 4–5 minutes / either side.

MEDIUM

The steak is at its juiciest when it is pink on the inside. The internal temperature of the meat is 65–68 degrees. Grill for 2–3 minutes / either side.

RARE

The steak is red on the inside. The internal temperature of the meat is 60–64 degrees. It takes a few minutes to cook the entire steak.

 

Thank you for the recipe Oskari Lahti.

Creme brulee Maku-annoskulhossa / Creme brulee in a Maku mini bowl.

Crème Brûlée

6 portions

 

Crème Brûlée

6 egg yolks

1.5 dl sugar

1 vanilla bean

4 dl double cream

1 dl whole milk

cane sugar for caramelization and fresh raspberries and mint to garnish

 

Instructions

  1. Start making the crème brûlée by mixing the egg yolks, sugar and seeds of half a vanilla bean in a bowl. Add the cream and milk to the egg mixture.
  2. Strain the mixture and divide it into six oven-safe ramekins (capacity around 2 dl).
  3. Place the ramekins in a deep baking dish. Fill the baking dish with water halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Place the baking dish in the bottom rack of the oven and bake the crème brûlées at 125 degrees for about 45 minutes. The crème brûlées are ready when they are set (but are not yet firm).
  4. Place the crème brûlées in the fridge for at least 3 hours, leaving them uncovered.
  5. Give the crème brûlée a caramelized top as a finishing touch. Sprinkle cane sugar on top of the ramekins and quickly torch the surface using a kitchen torch.
  6. Garnish and serve the crème brûlée immediately.

Chicken pesto pie

The recipe is for a full oven tray of pie.

 

SHELL

250 g plain quark

2 dl liquid colza oil product

2.5 dl wheat flour

2.5 dl oat flour

2 tsp baking powder

100 g Emmental cheese

 

FILLING

500 g chicken filet strips

a drop of oil

150 g feta cheese

400 g low-fat creme fraiche

6 eggs

190 g green pesto

150 g grated Emmental cheese

salt, black pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Fry the chicken strips in a skillet using a drop of oil until they are done. Season with salt and black pepper. Move the chicken aside to cool down.

Prepare the pastry shell. Mix the quark and oil and add the other ingredients. Mix the pastry until it is smooth. Line an oven tray (35x30cm) with baking paper and press the pastry on the tray, also slightly pressing it on the edges.

Place the chicken strips on the pastry, along with crumbled feta cheese. Mix the creme fraiche, eggs and pesto and season with salt (about half a teaspoon). Pour the filling on the pie. Garnish with grated cheese on top.

Bake the pie in the oven for about 40 minutes. Let the pie cool down for a moment and slice it. One oven tray is about 20 pieces of pie.

 

Thank you for the recipe and images @pilvilinnan_anna

Perunablinipannari ja blinitäytteitä Gastro-tarjottimilla.

Oven-baked potato blini pancake

Oven-baked potato blini pancake

For a large Maku tray (40x30x2.5cm)

  • 1.5 dl milk
  • 11 g dried yeast / 25 g fresh yeast
  • 2 dl sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 dl buckwheat flour
  • 1 dl wheat flour
  • 300 g (starchy) potatoes
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 30 g melted butter
  1. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm milk. Add the sour cream, wheat and buckwheat flour and sugar. Allow the dough to rise and sit under a cloth at room temperature for at least an hour, preferably several hours.
  2. Prepare the other ingredients of the dough while it rises. Peel the potatoes and boil them well in salted water. Mash the potatoes into a fine purée and allow to cool.
  3. Separate the egg yolks and whites.
  4. When the dough has risen enough, add the potato purée, egg yolks, melted butter and salt. Mix well.
  5. Whip the egg whites with an electric mixer to make a light foam. Finally, add the egg white foam to the dough by gently lifting. At this point, do not mix too heavily.
  6. Line a large Maku tray with baking paper and pour the dough onto the tray. Bake at 200 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the pancake is light golden brown in color.
  7. If you want to garnish the pancake, let it cool before you spread the toppings on it. You can also enjoy the pancake while it is warm by arranging the toppings separately on small Maku trays.

 

Honey-roasted root vegetable salad

For a medium-sized Maku tray (31x24x2.5cm)

  • 1 small parsnip
  • half a celeriac or swede
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 dl liquid honey
  • handful of fresh thyme / 1–2 teaspoons of dried thyme
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper

 

  1. Peel the root vegetables. Cut the parsnip, celeriac and carrots into small cubes. Finely chop the red onion and fresh thyme.
  2. Line the Maku tray with baking paper. Spread the root vegetable cubes onto the Maku tray. Evenly pour honey, chopped thyme, a drop of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper on top. Mix.
  3. Roast the root vegetables at 200 degrees for 30 minutes or until they are roasted golden brown. Spread the cooled salad in strips onto the pancake or serve it buffet-style straight from the Maku tray.

 

Janica Brander / @Savusuolaa

Savusuolaa blogger, author and freelance journalist specializing in restaurants and food.

 

Read Janica’s article on how she organized an easy Finnish-style blini party. You can access the article here.

 

Porcini mushroom pizza on the table.

Porcini mushroom pizza

This Neapolitan pizza dough is my quick and easy go-to recipe that can be made on short notice whenever you get that craving for some pizza. Allowing the dough to rise for a few hours will guarantee a delicious pizza that you can serve for surprise guests or at a get-together with friends. I recommend the use of Tipo 00 flour, which is intended for pizza dough, but bread flour with a high protein content (approx. 12–14 grams) will also do. As the dough will rise quickly, the flour does not need to be particularly strong. A mixer, kitchen scales and large bowls for raising the dough in will make things easier, but you can also knead the dough by hand on a counter top.

Slicemonger’s easy and reliable dough

Makes four pizzas roughly 30 cm in diameter (240 g per ball of dough)

  • 350 g (350 ml) lukewarm water
  • 4 g (1 tsp) dry yeast
  • 18 g (1 tbsp) fine sea salt
  • 600 g (900 ml) Tipo 00 flour
  • Extra flour for dusting the work surfaces

Mix the yeast and salt in with the water. Add the flour and knead for about three minutes until the dough no longer has any noticeably floury spots left.

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Continue to knead the dough for another 10 minutes until it comes off the bowl easily.

Shape the dough into a ball and cover the bowl with clingfilm or an airtight lid. A damp cloth over the bowl will also work. Let the dough rest for approximately three hours in room temperature.

Once the dough has risen, divide it into four pieces. Roll the dough into balls and let them rise again in a bowl, covered with an airtight lid or clingfilm, or a proofing box for an hour.

Porcini mushroom pizza

  • 1 ball of Slicemonger’s trusty dough
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 g mature Emmental cheese
  • 50 ml parmesan flakes
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 medium-sized, thinly sliced porcini mushroom
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

(If you want a meatier pizza, you can add thin slices of cold-smoked reindeer on top after the baking.)

 

Place a ball of dough onto a pizza peel, dusted with flour. Alternatively, you can shape your pizza and add the toppings on a wooden cutting board or an oven tray. Press out the air in the dough, from the center toward the edges. Stretch the base to make it round (Ø approx. 30 cm). Leave about 1 cm of crust around the pizza. Remember to use enough flour under the dough to stop it from sticking.

Coat the base evenly with the crème fraîche, followed by the grated Emmental. Arrange the parsley and mushrooms and pour the olive oil in a thin stream on top of the pizza.

Slide the pizza onto a hot pizza stone or tray by using a peel. Bake for 3–5 minutes at the top of the oven under the grill or until the pizza has a beautiful golden color.

Add some ground pepper, parmesan flakes and, if you want, a few slices of cold-smoked reindeer as a finishing touch.

 

     

 

A pizza stone or a baking steel

The important thing when baking a pizza is to get the base and the toppings to cook through simultaneously. Achieving a crispy base is often difficult, but a pizza stone or a baking steel will help. Both work the same way: the stone or the steel is heated up in an oven where it stores the heat. As steel conducts heat better, it will give your pizza that crispy base quicker. Baking steels are more expensive than pizza stones, but they are also more durable and will not crack like pizza stones, which are often quite sensitive to impacts.

Place your pizza stone (or baking steel) at the bottom of the oven and heat up the oven to its maximum temperature. This will take around half an hour. If you have an infrared thermometer, measure the stone’s internal temperature – it should be at least 250 °C. Place an oven rack at the top of the oven. Place the stone with the pizza on top at the bottom of the oven and turn on the grill. Bake the pizza for roughly 3–4 minutes at the bottom, until the base has got some color. Then, use the peel to lift the pizza onto the rack and continue baking it until the toppings are properly browned.

 

Jukka Salminen / @Slicemonger

Jukka “Slicemonger” Salminen is a Tampere-based photographer, musician and pizza maker who has been working on pizza for years. The sociability is also important to Jukka – cooking and eating together is the best thing a person can do.

Read what Jukka says about pizza in Finnish food culture. The article can be found here.

Raspberry mud cake with meringue

Base

100 g butter

100 g dark chocolate

2 eggs (medium size)

1 dl sugar

1.25 dl fine wheat flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1.5 dl raspberries

 

Meringue

1.5 dl sugar

0.5 dl water

2 egg whites

1 tbsp powdered freeze-dried raspberries

 

Instruction

Heat oven to 200 degrees.

Melt the butter and chocolate together either in a pot or in the microwave oven. Add eggs and sugar and mix. Finally, mix the dry ingredients together and add to the mixture. Mix the batter until smooth and pour into a greased heart-shaped springform pan with a baking sheet tautened at the bottom. Sprinkle the raspberries on top. Bake the cake for approximately 10–15 minutes on the middle shelf.

Let the cake cool down. You can even cool it to refrigerator temperatures.

For the meringue, place water and sugar in a pot. Heat the mixture to 120 degrees, check with a thermometer. Just before the temperature reaches 120 degrees, start whipping the egg whites in a separate bowl with an electric mixer to make a foam. Drizzle the hot syrup slowly onto the foam while whisking. Continue whisking until the meringue is thick and shiny and has cooled down completely. Finally, add the powdered raspberries.

Spread the meringue on top of the mud cake. You can finish by browning the meringue using a kitchen torch.

 

Thank you for the recipe Pilvilinnan Anna.

Tofuwokki - tofu wok.

Tofu stir fry with teriyaki sauce

4–6 portions

 

Stir fry:

300 g unseasoned tofu

100 g cashews

240 g or 3 small packets of noodles

half a leek

1 yellow onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 mild chili pepper

2 carrots

1 bell pepper

handful of Thai basil

lemon or lime juice

 

Teriyaki sauce:

0.7 dl soy sauce

0.5 dl brown sugar

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 teaspoons sesame oil

2 teaspoons mirin or sherry

2 crushed cloves of garlic

a thumb-sized piece of grated ginger

 

  1. Press the tofu. Wrap the tofu in a paper towel and place a heavy object on top of the tofu for at least half an hour to dry it.
  2. Prepare the vegetables while the tofu is being pressed. Cut the leek and chili pepper into rings and the carrots and the bell pepper into strips. Peel and shred the yellow onion and cloves of garlic.
  3. Cut the pressed tofu into cubes. Fry the cubes in a dry pan over high heat until golden brown. Stir a few times, but not continuously. Set the fried tofu cubes aside.
  4. Roast the nuts for a few minutes in a dry pan over high heat while stirring. Set the roasted nuts aside.
  5. Sauté the vegetables in a pan with sesame oil. While doing so, boil the noodles as well.
  6. Combine the vegetables, noodles, tofu and nuts.
  7. Mix all the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small pot and bring to boil. Pour the sauce into the stir fry and mix. Trickle some citrus juice and Thai basil on top.
Aasialaisia dumplingeja dumpling-höyryttimessä.

Dumplings with pork filling

30 pieces

Dough:

6 dl wheat flour

0.5 dl salt

2.5 dl cold water

Filling:

400 g ground pork

150 g cabbage

2 cloves of garlic

a thumb-sized piece of grated ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1.5 tablespoons brown sugar

dash of black pepper

sesame oil for sautéing

 

  1. Start by making the dough. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly add in the cold water while stirring. Knead the dough for a few minutes, then roll it into a ball and let sit under a cloth in the refrigerator for half and hour.
  2. While the dough is cooling, make the filling. Shred the cabbage, ginger and garlic. Sauté the vegetables in a pan with some sesame oil until golden. Season the mixture with the sugar, half a teaspoon of salt and a dash of black pepper.
  3. Mix the rest of the salt into the ground pork by hand. Knead the fried cabbage mixture into the meat. Cook a small piece of the meat in the microwave, taste and add more spices into the mix, if necessary.
  4. Place the dough on a floured working surface. Roll the dough into a 30 cm log. Cut the log into three pieces, then cut each piece into 10 smaller pieces.
Texmex food on the table.

Texmex recipes by Sanja Alisic

Tortillas

makes approx. 16

 

7.5 dl wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

0.75 dl olive oil

2.5 dl warm water

  • Mix the salt and baking powder with the flour.
  • Add oil and water to make a dough.
  • Form the dough into 16 balls and let rest for at least thirty minutes.
  • Heat the frying pan.
  • Press one dough ball at a time in the tortilla press and cook on the hot pan from thirty to sixty seconds on each side, depending on the temperature of the pan. Tortillas should be soft, but they should still have small brown spots.

Guacamole

3 avocadoes

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp salt

1 small red onion

1 dl fresh coriander, finely chopped

2 ripe, soft tomatoes

1 clove of garlic

  • Blend the avocadoes into a paste and add lime juice.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Chop the other vegetables finely, add the avocado paste and mix well.

 

Not salsa but pico de gallo

Do you know the difference between salsa and pico de gallo? Pico de gallo is the fresh version of salsa. This means that you need the same ingredients as for salsa, but you do not need to boil them. This makes pico de gallo a fresh, low-calorie condiment to all Tex-Mex dishes, which you can make in an instant. You can also serve it as a dip, side dish and salad.

You only need five ingredients (and a pinch of salt)

600 g ripe, soft tomatoes

1 red onion

½ pot of fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 jalapeno

Juice of ½ lime

½ tsp salt

  • Chop the onion and the jalapeno, place in a bowl, add salt and lime juice and mix.
  • Let marinate while you chop the tomatoes and coriander.
  • Mix together and serve.

 

Fajita spice mix

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp red paprika powder

1 tsp smoked paprika powder

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp jeera

  • Mix in a bowl and place in a jar.
  • Use approximately 2 tsp per 500 g of chicken strips or other meat.

 

You’ll find the original blog post in Finnish here.

Uunijuurekset Simple-uunivuoassa.

Roasted root vegetables

Delicious roasted root vegetables make an excellent side dish, especially for meat or chicken. Take your favourite root vegetables, season them and roast in the oven to make a tasty dish.

Ingredients

  • root vegetables, such as beetroots, red onions, carrots, parsnips and swedes
  • a dash of cooking oil
  • honey
  • Herbes de Provence spice mix

Peel and chop the root vegetables into suitable chunks and put them in a roasting tin.
Add a dash of oil and season with honey and herbs. Mix well.
Cook in the oven at 175°C for approx 45 minutes.

 

Read more about Simple dishes here.

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