These savory pastries were my favorite thing to eat in Finland. Rice porridge surrounded by a rye flour crust, baked until slightly browned. In Finland, they're often eaten at breakfast or lunch. Delicious topped with ham, cheese, or just (real!) butter.
Finnish Blueberry Pie
This pie, with its sugar cookie-like crust, is simple to make and stores well in the fridge or on the counter during cool weather up to 2 days. It can be served hot, cold, plain, or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on the side.
Nissua is a tender Finnish sweet bread made with cardamom. This bread is formed into braided loaves or wreaths, and topped with a simple frosting.
A unique bread with a sweet flavor that makes a wonderful holiday gift! It takes about 4 hours to make, so allow yourself plenty of time.
Cornish Finnish Michigan Pasties
I make these pasties about once a month for my family and extended family. I weigh my ingredients for accuracy and flavor.
Delicious crepe-like pancakes that are sure to please. You may double or triple the recipe. Serve with warmed maple syrup or a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
DIY Finnish Lonkero (a.k.a. Long Drink)
My family recently went on a vacation to Finland. In addition to enjoying the food and scenery, many of us fell in love with the lonkero, or long drink. This is a strictly Finnish drink made by combining cheap gin with citrus. The most common flavor is grapefruit, which is reproduced here. Lonkero is not sold in the US so I decided to try to copy it by referring to web sites from other tourists who tried to copy it and reading the ingredients on the company's web site.
Finnish Kropser (Baked Pancakes)
This delicious bar is a treat that can be served for breakfast or with tea. Serve with syrup, jelly or honey.
Finnish Pannu Kakku
A family favorite, this recipe is handed down to each generation. This rich, airy treat is best when served hot with jam or jelly.
Finnish Turnip Casserole
Carrots and sugar sweeten the turnip in this side dish. A must for my family's Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The recipe is often requested.
Best Cheesy Broccoli Soup
This is from a dear old friend when I first got married 30 some years ago. She's a Finlander from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so it may be familiar to some of you. We needed lots of warm soup living in the cold northern region!