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Recipes: Cakes/Muffins/Cookies

Estonian layered curd cheese cake (kihiline kohupiimakook)

The photo is from January 2008  We love our curd cheese cakes in Estonia – and you’ll find at least five curd cheese cake recipes here on my blog. This particular one is one of the most common curd cheese cakes out there. It uses a shop-bough yellow cake mix (“Juubeli tordipulber” or “Jubileum cake mix”), making it super-quick to …

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Genius Apple Rollups aka Crispy Apple Bread Cigars

Those baked apple pie roll ups by Spend With Pennies turned up on social media last week and I decided to give them a go. It’s a very good year for apples in Estonia this year, we’re inundated with them! A good reason to try out as many new and old apple recipes out there 🙂 For the original recipe, …

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It’s cinnamon bun day (kanelbullens dag)!

It’s Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden today. Cinnamon Bun Day was established in 1999, or 17 years ago, when Swedish Home Baking Council (Hembakningsrådet) came up with the idea when looking for a way to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Many Swedes rush to their favourite bakery today and buy some kanelbullar – or bake their own. You’ll find a good …

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Berry muffins, fit for the Queen

For some reason, our northern neighbours, the Finns, call dishes containing raspberries and blueberries (well, actually bilberries) kuningatar-this and kuningatar-that, the prefix kuningatar– meaning the queen. I’m yet to conduct research why this is so (any Finnish readers out there who know? Ritva, perhaps?), but here are some delicious summer muffins containing blueberries and raspberries – and would hence be …

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It’s not Pancake Day, it’s Shrove Tuesday cream bun day soon ;)

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the March 2014 issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine.  It’s time for semlor or lenten cream buns again soon – February 9th, to be precise. Remember, instead of pancakes, in Estonia and other Nordic countries cream-filled buns are eaten (semlor in Swedish, vastlakuklid in Estonian, laskiaispulla in Finnish). I’ve got three different recipes here on …

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Holiday baking: Carrot cake cookies recipe

Time to start preparing for the Christmas holidays and I offer you a lovely cookie recipe! Although we’ll be mostly eating piparkoogid aka gingerbread cookies here in Estonia, these slightly chewy carrot cake cookies would do just as well. For over two years now I’ve been contributing recipes for one of the biggest home and gardening magazines here in Estonia, …

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Recipe for torta della nonna, or Tuscan ricotta cake with pinenuts or almonds

Case Vecchie, Sicily I am still in Sicily, still enjoying the hospitality of Anna Tasca Lanza’s cookery school in Case Vecchie, near Vallelunga. I’ve just got back from the most amazing garden party I’ve ever attended – just under 200 guests seated around a huge long table, set under an elegant makeshift canopy built in the middle of a vegetable …

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