Before I moved to Finland, my relationship with berries was restricted to summer holidays in Sinop.
I didn’t know lingonberry until I came to Finland. I didn’t even know its existence. I ate it for the first time on my second day in Helsinki, as a sauce for a savoury dish (can’t remember what the dish was hmm…). After that my relationship with lingonbery has been quite formal with mutual respect!
People who know me well also know very well that I love hazelnuts. And yes I do. But the truth is, I also love all the other nuts, almost as much as hazelnuts. Especially pistachios. I can eat a whole bag of pistachios in one setting. Or I can turn them into an nice flour and make a gorgeous cake.
Sorghum flour and xanthan gum – the two ingredients related to gluten free & vegan baking, the two ingredients that I never tried before and the two ingredients that I substituted with other things before. But now, they are in this cake!
My relationship with pumpkin is getting serious, ahem. Well, after baking cakes and cookies with pumpkin puree, I started to wonder how it would taste and look in a dough. This curiosity ended up with cinnamon and pecan rolls. But I’d like to talk more about the sauce now, more specifically, the brown cheese in the sauce.
I’m super tired right now. Just came home from a catering gig after days and days of sick leave (I recovered from a horrible flu). Normally I would just go to bed and sleep, BUT, I desperately wanted this cake for this week’s gluten free Thursday. Because… Pumpkin makes me happy!
Finnish cuisine is full of different kinds of delicious “pulla”s. These are basically buttery buns with cardamom, which is the most Nordic ingredient ever. Some also have cinnamon, some have more butter than the others, some have extra sugar on top, some have cream in between… Their common characteristic is that they are all extremely delicious and they all look very elegant.
If you want to have a dessert that is quite sweet but not with tons of sugar, I recommend you this extremely easy recipe!
The first time I encountered and tasted chocolate with chili was a muffin in Stockmann bakery in Helsinki. It was 7 years ago. I didn’t even think of the combination before. I liked it when I tasted that time but I wasn’t in love with it. Over the years, I grew to like it more.
Ooops, I just realised that it’s been a while since I published a “Gluten Free Thursday” recipe. Anyway, this recipe, this one here is good. And I mean gooood. It’s a delicious, sweet-but-too-sweet and moist banana bread.