A wonderful couple of Finnish Marjapiirakkaa (berry pies) and a horrible couple of essays.
The term is drawing to a close now, just one more piece of work and then two wonderful weeks in bed! However, last night was particularly bad, I couldn’t focus properly, have been coughing up horrible stuff semi-constantly. Illness combined with it being so close to the end of term, combined with having done a mammoth shift at my work the day before and being up writing late into the night most evenings for the last two weeks meant that then having to write an essay on the effects of agency theory within material culture has quite simply left me distracted, tired and procrastinating to the nth degree.
So, especially last night, I needed something to give me a boost of energy and keep me going when I was just too tired to want to continue, something light, but full of sugars and energy.
Marjapiirakka just seemed like an obvious choice.
I translated this recipe from the back of some Sunnuntai flour too, only mum didn’t help, so the instructions are a little sparse as I didn’t quite get everything!
– Ingredients –
2 Eggs // 150 – 200 mls Sugar // 2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence // 300 mls Strong Bread Flour // 150 mls Butter, melted // 100 mls Milk // 1 / 2 a teaspoon Baking Powder // 400-600g of Berries
For the Berries use whatever you have going, they can be frozen or fresh; blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants are all fairly traditional. Try cooking this with just blueberries or with a mix of bitter and sweet types.
- Mix the Eggs and Sugar, keep stirring till consistent.
- Add the liquids then Flour a little at a time till it has an even texture a little like a thick batter.
- Grease the baking tray and then spread the dough evenly across the bottom.
- Spread the Berries evenly over the whole surface of the mix, I normally push them down a little.
- The recipe says cook at 200 C for 25 – 35 minutes, but I generally find I end up having them in the oven for 30 – 45 minutes.
- Turn out, cool and cut into slices.
- Serve with cream and a cup of Coffee.
I find these taste best after being left for a day or so to cool, the texture is dryer and the flavor more complex, but other people say you should eat them hot.