Thursday, February 5

t is for tart (and thursday)

5th of February is the birthday of the Finnish national poet (I wrote about him last year, too), and to commemorate him we eat these pastries which are based on the ones his wife used to bake.
In fact I read in a newspaper today that some people begin eating these right in the beginning of January, in search of "the ultimate taste experience". I'm not so sure I believe them.





Miss J and I were early and had the ultimate taste experience yesterday.

7 comments:

Gingerley said...

Apparently dry, these particular tarts were surprisingly luscious. In miss J's opinion, the hint of rum (or whatever) in the dough was perhaps not so much a culinary asset as a refined addition to an otherwise rather a common pastry. I prefer my tarts without it.

Helen said...

That bit of icing and jelly on top looks YUM!

kristy said...

oh my they look delicious! what are they made frome?

kristy said...

oops that was meant to say 'from'... too early on a monday morning for me :)

SCAREDY-CAT said...

Kristy, here's a recipe I found! :)
http://www.finnguide.fi/finnishrecipes/recipe.asp?c=6&t=&p=148

...and I can't help snickering everytime someone talks about Runeberg's tarts... Our national poet isn't a character one would associate with the other kind of tarts. I know my sense of humour is terrible, sorry...

Gingerley said...

Actually, he did have a forbidden relationship with a young poetess Emilie Björkstén after he had married Fredrika... A film has been made of their story, and it roused a lot of controversy in its time because of the shadow it cast on Runeberg.

(I know about this because Ansa Ikonen played Emilie, and I read a lot about the film last autumn :)

SCAREDY-CAT said...

But would you call poor ms Björkstén a tart?