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!

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
suolaa

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  🙂

Dark Christmas bread starter-Tumma joululeipä

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Sorry about the quality of this photo it is just so dark in Finland all the time that it is impossible to get natural light photos that actually look nice!

Since I arrived in Finland I have been eating this dark (Christmas) bread non-stop. It works perfectly any time of the year. It is at its best when eaten with smetana (super thick sour cream, similar to clotted cream but savoury, only known in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia) and salmon roe. Wow! An absolute heaven! My dear Aussie husband has been enjoying this bread as well. he is quite an unusual Australian he loves salt liquorice, rye bread and all Finnish treats! In London I will definitely serve this bread to my friends when having them around. This combination with salmon roe and smetana is perfect as a starter before the dinner.

Three breads:

1l butter milk (or orange juice)

2-3 dl (200-300ml) dark syrup

2 blocks of fresh yeast (2 X 50g)

2 tsp salt

3 dl (300ml) rye flour

3dl (300ml) Tuoppi kaljamallas which is rye based beer malt (I think you need a Scandinavian store to get this or maybe online -amazing stuff!!!)

3dl (300ml) wheat bran

12-13dl (6-6 1/2 cup) wheat flour

1. Mix all the ingredients. You do not need to knead the dough just mix it well.

2. Let the dough rise for 1-1 1/2h.

3. Pour into three oiled bread tins  (1,5L).

4. bake in 175 celsius degrees for 1 1/2h.

Topping:

salmon roe

smetana (in London you will find this in Polish stores or even in Tesco)

Siitä saakka kun saavuimme Suomeen olen syönyt tätä ihanaista leipää taukoamatta. Herkuttelimme levittämällä smetanaa ja lohenmätiä sen päälle. Rakas aussimieheni on smetanan ja mädin suurin ystävä ja maiskutteli leipää yhtä suurella innolla kuin minä. Jam! Tehkää jos vielä ehditte täksi jouluksi, jos ette tämä leipä sopii juhlaan kuin juhlaan tai arkeen milloin vain. Itselleni tämä leipä lohenmädin ja smetanan kanssa on mitä parhain alkupala arkena tai joulupöydässä. Helppo ohje!

Tumma limppu

Kolme limppua:

1l piimää (tai appelsiinimehua)

2-3dl tummaa siirappia

2 palaa hiivaa

2 tl suolaa

3dl ruisjauhoja

3dl Tuoppi kaljamallasta

3dl vehnäleseitä

12-13 dl vehnäjauhoja.

1. Sekoita aineet. Taikinaa ei tarvitse vaivata vain sekoittaa.

2. Anna kohota 1 1/2h.

3. Kaada kolmeen öljyttyyn vuokaan (1,5L).

4. Paista 175 asteessa 1 1/2h.

Dairy free pizza – Maidoton pizza

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I love cheese but sometimes I feel that pizza is a bit too heavy with a huge layer of cheese in it. My dear Aussie husband loves my pizzas, for some reason he thinks they are one of the best things I cook. Being so, we never order take away pizza. Due to the dairy free diet this year I guess both my husband and I noticed that we feel slightly better without dairy. We won’t give up from it altogether but we have definitely cut down our dairy consumption. Other reason why I try to keep this household still reasonably dairy free is that soon our baby girl will be one year old and if her milk allergy continues but we want to eat same food I have no other option than prepare dairy free meals. Last weekend I made this tasty dairy free -in other words cheeseless- pizza.

Pizza dough:

1dl (1/2 cup) warm water

2 tsp dry yeast

2 1/2 dl(1 1/4 cup) white flour (can use gluten free if needed)

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1. Mix yeast in a small amount of flour and mix it with warm water.

2. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

3. Let rise for 15-30minutes.

4. Knead the dough and make the pizza base.

Toppings that get cooked with pizza dough:

half a tube of tomato puree

ham

olives

1. Add the cut topping son the pizza base and cook in 250 celsius degrees for 10-15minutes. Check the pizza regularly so that it does not burn.

Toppings after the pizza has been taken out from the oven:

rocket salad

sun dried tomato pieces

crushed walnuts

1. Add the rest of the toppings on the cooked pizza.

YUMMY! So good and healthier! If you want to make a vegan version just replace the ham with anything you fancy.

Rakastan pizzaa, mutta joskus paksu kerros juustoa pizzan päällä on liian tuhtia illalliseksi (ainakin minulle!). Tämänvuotisen maidottoman imetysdieetin aikana niin minä kuin rakas aussimieheni huomasimme, että maidoton dieetti on vatsaystävällisempi ja kaiken kaikkiaan koimme voivamme kokonaisvaltaisesti paremmin. Aussiemieheni rakastaa pizzojani ja jostain syystä hänen mielestään pizza on yksi parhaita kokkailusaavutuksiani. Näin ollen emme juuri koskaan tilaa take away pizzaa. Koska suloinen tyttäremme lähestyy yksivuotissyntymäpäiväänsä ja mikäli maitoallergia jatkuu sen jälkeenkin yritän vielä pitää taloutemme suhteellisen maidottomana, jotta voimma mutkattomasti syödä samaa ruokaa. Alla siis maidoton -toisin sanoen juustoton- pizzareseptini.

Pizzatakina:

1dl lämmin vesi

2 tl kuivahiivaa

2 1/2 dl vehnäjauhoja (tai gluteiiniton jauhoseos)

2 rkl oliiviöljy

1/2 tl suola

1. Sekoita hiiva pieneen määrään jauhoja ja sitten sekoita tämä desilitraan lämmintä vettä .

2. Lisää muut aineet aj sekoita hyvin.

3. Anna kohota 15-30 minuuttia.

4. Vaivaa taikinaa ja muovaile pizzapohja.

Täytteet ennen uuniin menoa:

puoli tuubia tomaattopyrettä

kinkkua

oliiveja

1. Pilko täyteainekset, levitä tomaattopyre pohjan päälle ja ripottele täytteet pizzan päälle. Paista 250 asteessa 10-15 minuuttia. Valvo koko ajan, ettei pizza pala.

Täytteet pizzan paiston jälkeen:

rucolasalaattia

aurinkokuivattuja tomaatinpaloja

murskattua saksanpähkinää

1. Lisää muut täytteet paistetun pizzan päälle.

NAUTI! Mikäli haluat vegaanipizzan korvaa kinkku mieleiselläsi täytteellä 🙂

Whiskey cupcakes -Viski-suklaa kuppikakut

ImageHello everyone and sorry for a long pause between the posts. We were travelling last weekend. We did an amazing trip to Hamburg to see my dear friends and their two and half month old daughter, who is so adorable by the way!!! Our flight there was a disaster though, our little daughter decided to be a devil instead of a sweet smiley girl. She literally cried all flight, had massive tantrums as she was not allowed to crawl and walk on the aisle..the first night in the hotel was also a bit crazy. The dietician that we saw the day before told us not give any milk during the night time as our daughter should start eating more and not just drink 1l of formula each day. SO we tried. AND we will never try again. It was horrific. Crying all night long. We thought that as much as she should eat more solids we need our sleep. I want to believe she will start eating when it is a right time for her and if she does not I can see myself as a failed mother whose 15 year old teenager girl still drinks milk to replace her meals  -I don’t thinks so 🙂 … So I have given up, she eats if she eats and she can drink milk as much as she wants so that she grows. Despite the crazy flight out and first horror night in, we had a great long weekend in Hamburg. The flight back was super easy and our daughter smiled all the time even though it was an evening flight. In the cab she got a bit car sick so I was covered in her spew from head  to toes when we finally got home. Well, I guess this is what it will be like for the following 18 years.. Travelling chaos. We will still do it as we love travelling. Our baby can cry and spew, I just have to remember not to wear nice clothes on until we are steadily on the land again.

To cheer up your Monday I want to share this amazing cupcake recipe with you. My dear friend who lives in Hamburg is also a super well known of her baking delights. I once shared the whiskey cheesecake recipe with you that I got from her -still my guaranteed dessert- and here you are whiskey cupcakes this time. Boozy and groovy! The cupcakes were so good that I ate two huge ones without breathing in between!

Whiskey cupcakes:

100g dark chocolate

90g butter

1 1/4dl (a bit over 1/2 cup) caster sugar

1-2 eggs

2 1/2dl (1 1/4 cup) white flour

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 dl (1/2 cup) dark coffee

1/2dl (1/4 cup) whiskey

1. Melt chocolate.

2. Whisk butter and sugar.

3. Add eggs one at the time and whisk.

4. Mix the dry ingredients together.

5. Add melted chocolate into the butter mix.

6. Add coffee and dry ingredients to the dough.

7. Pour dough to the cupcake tins and bake in 175 celsius degrees for 15-20min.

8. Tap some whiskey on cupcakes and let them get moist. Leave to the fridge for 2 days to get the full flavour.

Icing:

50g butter

150g dark chocolate

150g soft cheese

1. Melt the butter and chocolate. Let it cool.

2. Mix it with soft cheese and add the icing on cupcakes.

ENJOY! THEY ARE SUPER GOOD!

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Hei ja pahoittelut postauksen kestämisestä. Olimme viikonloppumatkalla Hampurissa tapaamassa ystviämme ja heidän kaksi ja puolikuukautista tytärtään. Menolento oli kaoottinen. Tyttäremme kiljui ja itki koko lennon ja sai itkupotkuraivareita sillä ei voinut ryömiä ja kävellä käytävällä. Ensimmäinen hotelli yö oli myös hirveä. Ravintoterapeutti, jolla kävimme muutamaa päivää ennen kielsi antamasta maitoa enää yöaikaan, jotta tyttäremme alkaisi syömään ruokaa eikä vain lipittäisi 1l korviketta päivässä. Oli sitten viimeinen kerta kun kyseisen kokeilun teemme. Hotellihuoneessa eikä varmaan koko hotellissa nukkunut kukaan sinä yönä. Päätimme yhteistuumin, että tytär saa juoda tasan niin paljon korviketta kuin haluaa kunhan me saamme vain nukkua. Kun olimme toenneet kamalasta lennosta ja yöstä meillä oli aivan ihana reissu Hampurissa! Paluulento meni täydellisesti ja tyttäremme hymyili ja leikki koko ajan. Harmi kyllä hän alkoi voimaan taksissa pahoin -autopahoinvointia- ja oksensi kaikkialle. Olin siis yltä päältä oksennuksessa kun pääsimme vihdoin kotiin. No, vauvamme saa oksentaa ja buutaa mutta me matkustamme. Täytynee vain muistaa laittaa kauhtuneimmat vaatteet päälle matkustaessa ja vaihtaa sitten tyylikkäämpiin kun olemme turvallisesti maan kamaralla.

Hampurissa asuva ystäväni on tunnettu leipomistaidoistaan Siellä ollessa hän tarjosi meille viskisuklaa kuppikakkuja. Söinkin niitä yhdeltä istumalta kaksi valtavan kokoista, hyvä kun hengitin välissä, niin herkullisia ne olivat. Tässä siis maanantai päiväänne piristämään kyseisten kuppikakkujen ohje. JAM!

Viski kuppikakkujen ohje:

100 g tummaa suklaata

90 g voita

1 1/4 dl sokeria

1-2 munaa

2 1/2 dl vehnäjauhoja

1tl vaniljasokeria

1/2 tl leivinjauhetta

½ tl soodaa

1 dl vahvaa kahvia

1/2 dl viskiä

Sulata suklaa. Vatkaa voi ja sokeri vaahdoksi. Lisää munat yksitellen vatkaten. Sekoita kuivat aineet keskenään. Lisää sulatettu suklaa rasvaseokseen. Lisää kahvi ja jauhoseos vuorotellen taikinaan. Kaada taikina muffinssivuokiin (tai rengasvuokaan). Paista 175 asteessa noin 15-20 minuuttia (kokonaista kakkua 55 minuuttia). Kostuta kakku viskillä ja anna maustua 1-2 vuorokautta jääkaapissa.

Kuorrutus:

50g voi

150g tumma suklaa

150g tuorejuusto

Sulata kattilassa voi ja tumma suklaa. Anna jäähtyä huoneenlämpöiseksi ja sekoita joukkoon tuorejuustoa. Levitä kuppikakkujen päälle.