maanantai 11. joulukuuta 2017

The mystic karjalanpiirakka

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Size matters.

Karjalanpiirakka is one of the most favourite traditional specialities in Finland.
It is a small pie, thin rye bread filled with rice and topped with egg-butter.
Small, traditionally small, never bigger than an adult hand.


On Saturday a big Finland100 gala dinner party
was organized in Frankfurt. In a big hotel.
Maybe too big as they also served the biggest ever
karjanlanpiirakka this human race has seen!
With bacon topping ...?


How clever to place a sign next to this "karjalanpiirakka",
otherwise the party people might have not recognized it.
BTW, rypytys is totally missing.
This is absolutely hilarious!

Or maybe a world record, let's check the Guinness book!
Nope ... the record pirogue was baken in Savo/FIN 2013,
they made it 2,36 m long and 50 cm of width.



Kirsi sent me a pic of her karjalanpiirakkas (on the left).
Well, maybe they are from the Finnish company Fazer, but anyway.
(The Finnish mustard stands there only for the meatballs.)
On the right hand side you can admire joulutorttus,
a Christmas speciality pastry with plum jam.

Joulutorttu on voitaikinasta valmistettu leivonnainen, 
joka on perinteisesti muotoiltu tähdeksi ja täytetty luumuhillolla.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

JOULUTORTTU = Weihnachtsstern / Christmas star
JOULU = Weihnachten / Christmas
TORTTU = Torte / tart

Kuvakaappaus Wikipedia/Jarno Elonen

Here you can see very neat RYPYTYS:

Wikipedia's short cut:

Karelian pasties, Karelian pies or Karelian pirogs 

The oldest traditional pasties usually had a rye crust, 
but the North Karelian and Ladoga Karelian variants also contained wheat 
to improve the baking characteristics. The common fillings of this were 
barley and talkkuna.  In the 19th century, first potato and buckwheat were 
introduced as fillings, and later also rice and millet.

Today, the most familiar and common version has a thin rye crust 
with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with chopped-up boiled egg 
(egg butter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pasties before eating. 
Mashed potato and rice-and-carrot fillings are also commonly available.

Check for SUOMI100Finland party pics here:




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