I can sing two songs in Finnish: the theme tune to Bob the Builder (AKA Puuha Pete) and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Both were learnt during a stint as a pre-school teacher in a Turku kindergarten called, believe it or not, Wendy House. During my time there we sang lots and lots of songs, especially in winter when temperatures were too low to take the kids out to play, but I can only remember the lyrics to these two. Why? They were my favourites, of course. Bob the Builder was a great stress reliever and everyone loves Twinkle Twinkle, don’t they?
Likewise, everyone loves these Finnish Christmas tarts. They are super easy to make, very pretty and delightfully Christmassy, especially when served straight from the oven accompanied by a steaming glass of glögi.
This post is for Susan from the fabulous Food Blogga’s festive cookie collection.
Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tarts)
Ready Made All-Butter Puff Pastry
Jam (Plum is traditional, I’m partial to cherry)
Icing Sugar, to dust
- Roll the pastry out to 0.5cm thick and cut into squares, 10cm x 10cm (ish)
- From each corner of the pastry square cut in towards the middle stopping about a centimetre before the centre (see this picture for visual instructions).
- Fold every other corner of the cut pastry in towards the middle and press down lightly (see this picture for visual instructions).
- Blob some jam into the middle of the stars.
- Bake in a 200oC pre-heated oven for 10-15 mins or until golden and puffed.
- Dust with icing sugar.