The 24th of December is traditionally when we celebrated Christmas dinner. It's a Finnish thing :)
Like always my dad's arranged for a huge ham to be bought and prepared, which we'll finish tomorrow. And while we're deviating more and more from the traditional Christmas dinner I have tried to return a few key elements. Between the heavier bouts of my illness I have been baking in preparation for tomorrow: fourteen karjalanpiirakkat and a number of lihapiirakka pies.
The recipe for the former isn't very complicated and it's almost set in stone, but the execution is (as that Wiki Recipes page suggests) something that requires your full attention. The dough needs to be rolled thin as paper, the rice porridge needs to simmer down over at least twenty minutes (I burnt my first batch) and the folding of the pleats is something else as well!
The recipe of the latter varies depending whomever you ask. Like so. In our case it's a pie (resembling a calzone) from the oven, instead of the deep fried doughnut-affair described on Wikipedia. It was pretty easy to make, though the recipe from my cookbook created waaaaay too much filling so now I have two larger pies and four smaller ones. O_o
So, Finnish pastries and pies abound!
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