Daily Archives April 2, 2015

swedish lucia buns

Swedish Lucia Buns

Traditionally, the youngest woman or girl of the household offers these buns to guests, in honor of the Queen of Light Festival at the outset of the Christmas season.

2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
2/3 cup lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoo...

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finnish summer vegetable soup

Finnish Summer Vegetable Soup (Kes?keitto)

Serve this with freshly-baked Finnish Rye Bread and some cheese for a nice lunch.

2 cups water
2 small carrots, sliced
1 medium potato, cubed
3/4 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1 cup cut fresh or frozen green beans
1/4 small cauliflower, separated into florets
2 ounces fresh spinach, cut up (2 cups)
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whipping crea...

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prianiki with honey and spices

Prianiki with Honey and Spices

The prianik is the oldest of the Russian sweetmeats. Traditionally it is a small cake made with honey and spices (prianosti). Prianiki can also be made with different flavors and resemble a slightly floury meringue. If hot honey or syrup is used in the making, the dough should be left for an hour or two in the refrigerator before baking.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

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halo halo

Halo Halo

1 tablespoon sweet jack fruit (cut it into small pieces)
1 tablespoon preserved macapuno strips
1 tablespoon preserved ube (purple yam)
1 tablespoon canned corn
1 tablespoon preserved palm fruit
1 tablespoon nata de coco
1 tablespoon preserved beans
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 pint ice cream (your choice of flavor)

Place all ingredients (except milk and ice cream) in a t...

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pani popo

Pani Popo (Samoa)

5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package yeast
2 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon shortening, margarine, or butter
1 teaspoon salt

Mix 2 1/2 cups of the flour and yeast.

In a saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, shortening, margarine, or butter; and salt until warm and shortening almost melts. Add to flour mixture...

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