Tippaleivät Resepti Vapuksi -Finnish Funnel Cakes for May Day

Lapsuudesta muistan elävästi tippaleivät. Ne olivat niin suurta herkkua, että toivoin Vapun olevan joka päivä. En lapsena enkä niin nuorenakaan osannut arvostaa Suomessa niin erityistä vuodenaikojen ja juhlapyhien mukaan kokkaamista. Se oli jotenkin itsestäänselvyys. Nyt kun olen yli puoli vuosikymmentä viettänyt ulkomailla maissa, joissa ei ole niin suurta juhlapyhien mukaan kokkaustraditiota, arvostan tätä Suomalaiselle keittiölle ominaista piirrettä enemmän kuin koskaan aiemmin. Täällä maailman toisella puolella haluan pitää suomalaisista perinteistä kiinni ja siirtää niitä tyttärelleni. Niinpä sima on nyt tuloillaan, tippaleivät koeajettu ja ensi viikonloppuna on luvassa simaa, tippaleipää, munkkeja sekä nakkeja perunsalaatilla ehkä muutama toast skågenkin eksyy mukaan! Hassuinta on, että sää täällä Melbournessa on talven lähestyessä silti mitä luultavimmin lämpimämpi kuin vappusää Suomessa! Täällä on kuukausi keskitalveen, Suomessa kuukausi kesän alkuun. On maapallo ihmeellinen.

Viikoloppuna siis testasin tippleivät. Olin itse asiassa valmistautunut pettymykseen..mutta kuinka ollakaan ne onnistuivat täydellisesti. Blogiani pidempään seuranneet tietävät tyttäreni vaikeista ruoka-allergioista (maito, muna, pähkinät, kala, merenelävät, seesami), joiden vuoksi vegaaniset ruoka/leivontaohjeet useimmiten sopivat parhaiten. Minulle suurin haaste onkin tarjota tyttärelleni samat makukokemukset allergioista riippumatta. Niinpä tänä vuonna otin vegaanisen tippaleipähaasteen vastaan. Seuraan ahkerasti Choccochilli  ja Kamomillan Konditoria vegaaniruokablogeja ja sieltä löytyikin loistava ohje tippaleiville, tosin muunsin sitä hiukan lisäämällä No Egg jauhetta taikinaan ja käyttämällä vaniljajauhetta vaniljasokerin sijaan. Prosessi eteni kuten kuvista huomaatte.

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Tippaleivät (n.10kpl):
2,5 dl kauramaitoa
2 tl Orgran No Egg jauhetta + 4tl vettä
1/4 tl suolaa
1/2 dl  sokeria
1/2 tl vaniljajauhetta
3 dl vehnäjauhoja
1 tl leivinjauhetta
Paistamiseen rypsiöljyä

Koristelemiseen tomusokeria.

Tippaleivän muotiksi käy tyhjä pesty metallinen säilykepurkki. Itse käytin suurempaa hedelmäsäilykepurkkia, josta leikkasin niin kannen kuin pohjan pois. Taikinaa pursotin muovipussista, jonka kulmaan leikkasin pienen reiän. Parempi olisi tyhjä ketsuppipullo. Tarvitset myös pihdit ja reikäkauhan.

1.Sekoita kauramaito, suola, sokeri ja vaniljasokeri. Lisää sekaan vehnäjauhot, leivinjauhe ja No Egg sekoitus. Sekoita tasaiseksi.
2. Kuumenna öljy kattilassa 180-asteiseksi. Tiputa pieni pala taikinaa öljyyn. Jos se ruskistuu alle minuutissa kauniin väriseksi, öljy on tarpeeksi kuumaa.
3. Aseta rengasmuotti öljyyn. Laita taikina muovipussiin, josta leikkaat kulman auki. Pursota ohutta taikinanauhaa rengasmuotin sisälle sikin sokin noin kahden ruokalusikallisen verran. Ympyrän muotoiset liikkeet ovat parhaita. Anna taikinan ruskistua hieman, nosta hetken kuluttua muotti pihtien avulla. Käännä tippaleipä, kun se on paistunut  ja paista vielä toiselta puolen lisää.  Tärkeää on, ettet ruskista ensimmäistä puolta liikaa, sillä muuten tippaleivän kääntämisen jälkeen se tulee liian ruskeaksi. Ensimmäisen muutaman jälkeen opit parhaiten mikä ajoitus on paras. Tippaleipä on valmis, kun se on kauniin vaalean ruskea.
4.Nosta valmis tippaleipä reikäkauhalla kuivumaan talouspaperin päälle. Siivilöi sen pinnalle tomusokeria juuri ennen tarjoilua.
Jam!

Olin ylpeä lopputuloksesta, sillä tippaleivät näyttivät kuin leipomosta ostetuilta ja maussa ei ollut lainkaan eroa lapsuudessani nauttimiini ei-vegaanisiin tippaleipiin. Oikeastaan ihmetyttääkin mihin sitä munaa tai maitoa reseptissä edes tarvitaan!!!

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In Finland May Day is a big celebration. People gather in the centre of Helsinki wearing their high school graduation hats to party and have picnic -it is wonderful-some of my fondest memories are related to May Day ”Vappu” parties!

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Picture from Helsingin Sanomat.

Finns eat traditional treats every May Day. These are home made donuts and funnel cakes. For the drink in addition to all the alcohol (hah!) Finns drink home made lemonade type of brew called ”sima”. I love Finnish seasonal cooking and the different treats we have for various public holidays. I try to keep traditions alive here overseas as I want to transfer them to my daughter as those traditions are a big part of being a Finn. Luckily she loves cooking and has been helping me with all my Finnish baking and cooking throughout her life. To respect the tradition again this year my ”sima” drink is brewing in the fridge -it takes a week- and I trialled Finnish funnel cakes last weekend just to make sure I can actually make them (it was my first time as in Finland it is too easy to buy them from the bakery). At the upcoming weekend I will prepare it all donuts, funnel cakes and potato salad with frank sausages. We will drink ”sima” together and eat these home baked treats with our small little Finnish-Australian family.
PS. I gave a sample of funnel cakes for our Aussie friends at the weekend and they loved the cakes! So here you go the Finnish funnel cake recipe.

Finnish Funnel Cakes (approximately 10 cakes):
1 1/2 cup Oat milk

2 tsp Orgran No Egg powder + 4 tsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup  caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1 1/2 cup white flour (not self raising)
1 tsp baking powder
canola oil for frying

In addition to this you will need:
Icing sugar for decoration.
For the funnel cake mould you can use a big fruit tin, you just cut both the lid and the bottom off to make funnel. Remove the glue well. For squeezing the dough you can either use plastic bag and cut small hole in the corner or alternatively an empty ketchup bottle. You will also need tongs and a straining ladle.
1. Mix oat milk, salt, sugar and vanilla powder. Add white flour and baking powder and No Egg mixture. Mix well.
2. Pour oil into the saucepan (approximately 10cm high) and heat up until  180 degrees.  you can test the temperature by dropping a small drop of dough in. If it raises to the top and becomes nice golden brown in less than a minute the temperature is good.
3. Place the mould into the oil. Put the dough to the plastic bag and cut the small hole into the corner. Squeeze the dough inside the mould making round circle moves. Let the dough get a bit golden brown, then lift the mould with the tongs and turn the funnel cake around and place the mould back. Fry the other side until beautifully golden brown. Make sure you do not fry the first side too much, otherwise the funnel cake will become too dark in colour after turning it around. 
4. Lift the ready funnel cake on the kitchen towel and let it cool down. 
5. Decorate with the icing sugar.
Enjoy!

Mainokset

Burgundinpataa -Beef Bourguignon

Olen useamman vuoden ollut vegaani, mutta aika ajoin tekee mieli lihaa tai juustoa. Kun kokkaan lihaa usein päädyn johonkin pitkään haudutettuun pataruokaan. Viime aikoina olen tehnyt muutamaan otteeseen Burgundinpataa. Se on tyttäremme herkku ja hän lusikoi sitä perunamuusin kanssa suuhunsa suurella halulla. Aviomieheni myös rakastaa erilaisia patoja -hearty stews- kuten täällä kutsutaan. Haluan jakaa kanssanne tämän super herkullisen reseptin. Se on helppotekoinen, mutta uskomattoman maukas. Itse käytän patoihin lähes aina slow cookeria. Se on laite, jonka voi laittaa päälle aamulla joko matalalle tai korkealle lämmölle ja jättää padan tekeytymään vaikka koko työpäivän ajaksi. Ostan ainekset aina South Melbournen markkinoita, joka on valtava kauppahalli liha- ja vihanneskauppoineen. Kauppahalli sijaitsee aivan kotikulmillamme, joten viikonloppurituaaleihimme kuuluu markkinoilla käynti. Tuotteiden laatu ja tuoreus on taattua ja sen maistaa ruoan maussa. Tuotteet tulevat suoraan Australian farmeilta ja voisin jopa sanoa, että 99% tuotteista ovat kotimaisia! Eksoottiset hedelmät sekä merenelävät ovat mitä ihastuttavin näky.

Ohje:
7 pientä shalottisipulia
2 isoa porkkanaa
1 palsternakka
600g naudan paistilihaa (mielellään tuoretta lihakaupasta)
150g hyvänlaatuista pekonia (jos löydät kokonaisen pekonikimpaleen, suosittelen)
400g pieniä herkkusieniä
5dl korkealaatuista lihalientä
3dl punaviiniä (Cabernet Sauvignon hyvä!)
3rkl tuoretta silputtua persiljaa
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1. Pilko porkkanat, palsternakka ja kuori sipuli. Kaada slow cookeriin (tai pataan). Itse käytän slow cookeria.
2. Kuutio pekoni ja ruskista pekoni pannussa, kun ruskeaa kaada pataan.
3. Kuutio naudan paistiliha, ruskista pannulla, kun ruskeaa kaada pataan.
4. Pese sienet ja laita pataan.
5. Kaada lihaliemi ja punaviini pataan. Sekoita.
6. Lisää suolaa (1/2-1tl) sekä persilja. Sekoita.
7. Kypsytä slow cookerissa n. 5-6 tuntia. Vaihtoehtoisesti uunissa monta tuntia matalassa lämmössä.
Tarjoile perunamuusin ja papujen kanssa. Bon appetit!
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Pinaattipäivät – Spinach Days

It has been a long time since I last wrote. I always promise to myself to write at least one post per week but oh well. I guess this is the reality when you are working 5 days a week in a busy job and have a toddler. Not much of your own time and when you do, you just want to be and breath. I love my job and that keeps me going when I am tired or sick as today when having a day off from work.

My daughter and I had a very spinachy week last week, we did spinach pancakes and spinach soup and she loved the both. I felt like a huge victory when I got her to eat something green, she is one of those kids who prefer pasta&chicken, pasta&sausages, rice&chicken , white bread and all of these with loads of ketchup. No vegetable have I managed to get her to eat for 3 years! Spinach victory, that what it was. I was also excited to be able to do both spinach soup and pancakes without dairy or eggs (my soup I served with one boiled egg as it is traditional to do so). My husband did not recognise the oat milk base in the spinach soup when he did blind tasting, that is how good and authentic it tasted like! Here you are these simple recipes, perfect for toddlers. My daughter loved dipping bread in different kind of soups.

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Spinach Soup (Dairy free):

1 litre of oat milk
1dl (1/2 a cup) white flour
150g of frozen spinach
1tsp salt
hint of white pepper
hint of nutmeg

1. Mix cold oat milk and white flour together and whisk it a bit to make sure no flour lumps appear.
2. Heat it up to the boil and then keep in heat (without boil) and mix all the time until gets thick (takes 10-15min).
3. Add spices.
4. Serve with bread and boiled eggs if you prefer.
This is super tasty and so traditionally Finnish! The same thick soup tastes great with boiled potatoes too when used as a sauce.

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Spinach pancakes (Dairy free): Makes 8-10 small pancakes

 2 1/2 dl (1 1/4 cup) oat milk
a bit under  1/2 dl (1/4 cup) canola oil
1 1/2-2dl (3/4-1 cup) white flour
1/2tsp salt
2-3 cubes of defrosted frozen spinach

1.Mix together oat milk, canola oil, then add flour and salt.
2. In the end add the defrosted spinach cubes and mix well.
3. Fry in the frying pan in canola oil and serve with sugar or jam.

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View from my office building. Pretty amazing!

Beetroot patties

Like my husband noted last night I have not been very innovative in the kitchen after the baby arrived. As every mother knows this is only due to the busy days with the toddler. After an active day I usually just prefer something quick and easy for dinner, those three hour cooking sessions that we used to have are past, at least for a little while. Last night I felt innovative for some reason, I guess it is this moving. I am so excited about our move, new life in Australia and everything related to that so I feel like I suddenly have a lot more energy than before.

When I was in Finland my mum cooked beetroot patties/burgers, however you prefer to call them and I got inspired. I absolutely love beetroot and particularly with horseradish they are the best friends if you ask me.  My mum used buckwheat flour in her patties but I thought I’d try something new. I created beetroot rice patties…and they were amazing! Juicy, delicious, they had that lovely sweet beetroot flavour, crispy on top and yummy! I served them with salad and horseradish cream but they would go perfectly inside of the vegetarian hamburger too. They are dairy and egg free as I tend to cook these days so suitable for vegans too.

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Makes 8-10 patties:

2dl (1 cup) cooked long grain rice

3 beetroots (grated but not cooked)

2 tbsp white flour

2 tbsp corn starch like Maizena (this replaces the eggs and ties the dough together)

1 tsp salt

hint of black pepper, white pepper and paprika

1/2 tsp thyme

1. Grate uncooked peeled beetroots.

2. Mix the grated beetroot with cooked rice.

3. Add the white flour and Maizena.

4. Add the spices.

5. Heat up the pan and pour vegetable oil on it (don’t be shy, oil is good for you!)

6. Mould the patties in your hand and put them on the frying pan. Cook them on both sides so that they become crispy on top.

7. Heat up the oven to 200 celsius degrees.

8. Place the cooked patties on the baking tray and bake them for 15 minutes in 200 celsius degrees to finish them and to make sure beetroot is soft and cooked.

Enjoy with salad and horseradish cream!

Honey glazed goat cheese bruchettas-Hunajamarinoidut vuohenjuustoleivät

ImageThis recipe is inspired by the goat cheese bruchettas I had in a place called POLPO in Soho, London. Polpo is wonderful. I have not eaten a piece of food there that would not have been mind blowing and delicious. The flavours are unusual but so well put together that I do admire the chef in this restaurant.

I had my mummy night out with one of my dear friends. As expected when mummies go out without the babies they get excited. We started the night in Foxcroft&Ginger that I have mentioned you before. A small note though. The place is an amazing for brunch and coffee but it was not as good as a wine bar in the evening as I expected..but well at least we tried!. We did not care about it as we had so much to chat! Suddenly the time ran and we noticed it was 9pm and we hadn’t had any dinner. My friend drop the word Polpo and I was sold. I had been there with my husband at the autumn time. Wine selection there is fantastic and well the food..you just have to try, the words are not enough.

We ordered a tapas plate plus goat cheese bruchettas. We both decided we need to try to make them at home. Here you are, I tried them yesterday and the attempt was successful!

rocket salad

small block of soft French goat cheese (100-150g)

red grapes (two big handfuls)

1 1/2 tbsp Acasia honey

1-2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

8 slices of bread ( I used a bit darker seedy one but it is a free expression)

olive oil

honey

handful of pine nuts

1. Heat up the oven to 200 celsius degrees. First step is roasting the red grapes. Wash the grapes and mix them with 1 1/2 tbsp honey, 1-2 tsp rosemary, hint of black pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.  Roast them for 10-15 minutes until you see that the honey has started to caramelise and the grapes are a bit wrinkly. Let them cool before serving.

2. Pour 1 tsp olive oil and a drop of honey on each slice of the bread. Grill the bread ( I used grill 3 for 5 minutes). You can use either the grill or oven. Bread should be hard and honey a bit caramelised. Let the bread cool before serving.

3. Roast the pine nuts on a frying pan until they are golden.

4. Build the bruchettas: put rocket salad on the plate, set the bread slices on top, spread the goat cheese on each bread slice, then pour some caramelised grapes on top and finish with topping the bread with pine nuts.

5. Serve with red wine.

Honestly as unusual and exotic this sounds the combination is mind blowing…and what is the best these bruchettas actually come pretty quickly! Enjoy! ( I will soon add the Finnish version of the recipe.)

King prawn-red pepper pasta – Katkarapu-paprika pasta

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As I have mentioned several times I absolutely love seafood. That is why I feel very lucky of my husband coming from Queensland Australia as when we travel there I can always enjoy the most amazing seafood that the Great Barrier Reef and Australian tropics can offer. I cannot believe how big king prawns and scallops are over there, they are huge, flavoursome and so fresh that I could not imagine anything better. I have also tried to educate myself to become familiar with the different type of fish they have over there. As funny as it is some of the fish have European names but are totally different fish.. I guess the first Europeans who immigrated in Australia run out of names and thought they would name the fish with the familiar names they used to grow up with :)! So do not get confused if the fish you order over there whilst having the same name is something totally different! Anyway I hope you enjoy this simple prawn pasta recipe, it is a perfect dish to cook after the working day as it won’t take much time or effort but still tastes good.

For 2-3 people:
1 onion
1-2 garlic cloves
1 spring onion
150-200g king prawns
50ml white wine
1-2tbsp chopped dill
3tbsp eggplant pepper paste (see the recipe below)
100ml soy cream
150-200g pasta ( I used corn-rice pasta to make it gluten free)
3tbsp olive oil
juice of half of the lemon
black pepper, salt, paprika

Eggplant-red pepper paste:

1 eggplant

1 big red pepper

1. Bake the eggplant and red pepper cubes in the oven in 200 celsius degrees for half an hour until soft and a bit brownish.

2. Blend the cubes to get the smooth paste.

3. Use in any cooking or spice it up with some salt and black pepper and use on the top of the bread.

Prawn pasta instructions:

1. Cook pasta.

2. Cook the onions until golden, add king prawns and white wine and let it boil for a couple of minutes (not too long as otherwise prawns become chewy!).

3. Add eggplant-rep pepper paste. dill and soy cream.

4. Add the pasta, spices, juice of half of the lemon and olive oil.

Serve and enjoy! Home made, fresh and so irresistibly  good!

White wine always compliments this dish. For those who live in England I can recommend a good every day wine that is -I think- rather exceptional price -quality wine: Calvet Prestige Sauvignon Semillon. Be aware of not getting ripped off. In Ocado this wine is £11.99 but for example Morrisons has it quite often reduced to £6-8 and so does Sainsbury’s. I quite often hunt these offers and buy many bottles at once as this wine is definitely worth that £11.99 in flavour and good to serve in casual house parties when friends are visiting:)

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Scandinavian salmon pasta- Lohipasta skandityyliin

ImageSince the pregnancy I have been obsessed with fish and seafood. A person who loved medium rare steaks and flavour of meat seemed to have disappeared. I cannot even think about the steak without feeling shivers. Having said that lamb and game meet are fine for some reason, it is only beef and pork that seem not to go down as they used to. I guess nothing wrong with that. London offers a huge range of different tasty fish and seafood to eat. In addition to local fishmongers and supermarkets, there are couple of fantastic fresh seafood markets in London! Any day I can go to our local store and buy fresh squid, scallops, prawns and variety of fish. It is just wonderful!

Last night I felt like salmon (again!) and my husband was begging to have salmon pasta (has been actually begging for some time) so I thought why not, let’s go for it. For me it is a huge step as I have these horror images (and memories) in my head of Finnish primary school food that so often was soggy, greasy and flavourless salmon pasta. I was a tricky child, I refused to eat any school food all my life. I was lucky enough to go at that time privately run sport high school that invested in amazing school food provided my Fazer (Amica). I guess I was pampered at home my parents were cooking extremely flavoursome and tasty meals and school food just didn’t reach that level.

In order to make great salmon pasta you need fresh ingredients and fresh herbs. I think seafood in general is very demanding as you do need fresh ingredients, jars and dried spices just don’t do it. This salmon pasta is extremely simple and quick but I have to say it was tasty even though I made up the ingredients in my head. This is a dairy free but ”creamy” pasta, it is super healthy and far from greasy! I warmly recommend to try it.

For two:

2 salmon fillets

approximately 200g pasta (I used spaghetti for two but you can choose tagliatelle, fusilli.. anything) I used corn and rice pasta, it is my new favourite! It seems to digest easier than normal wheat pasta and does not make me feel bloated.

3 spring onions

1-2 tbsp chopped dill

1-2 tbsp olive oil

(squeeze of lemon always good!)

100ml soy cream (or normal single cream if you want to use dairy)

3 tbsp wholegrain mustard

hint of white pepper

hint of black pepper

hint of lemon pepper

1. Cook the salmon fillets in the oven. Usually 200 Celsius degrees and 17 minutes is perfect.

2. Cook the pasta until al dente.

3. Pour the water away from pasta but leave a little bit in the bottom of the saucepan.

4. Add the spring onions, dill, olive oil and soy cream and cook for a little while.

3. Add the cooked salmon and mix.

4. Add the wholegrain mustard and spices and mix well.

Serve and enjoy! White wine -particularly Riesling – goes well with this but as we do clean eating in our household now we did not have any wine with the dinner.

PS. I will start writing in Finnish again as soon as I find more time (the other challenge is my British keyboard, I need to install the Finnish one in order to get the right alphabet  🙂