#81: Estonia

Welcome to a White, Winter Wonderland!

Woof, this week was snowy and cold, in the Metro D! I mean, apart from the horrible traffic, I absolutely can’t get enough of the white powder! I love the cold and the snow makes this time of year so incredibly romantic and magical. Christmas lights, holiday parties, baking cookies– I’ve been up to my ears in dough every night the past month and I can’t get enough. It’s my favorite time of the year. It’s a wonderful life that I have.

THE DINNER: Apart from all the festivities, we took a culinary vacation to the warm and sunny country of Estonia… okay. So, that’s not 100% true. At all in fact. Eastern Europe is hardly a trip to the tropics. In fact it, I’m positive that it’s more of a polar vortex than it is here in the 5280. But luckily, I can pretend from the warmth of my kitchen.

We wanted to snuggle up with a cup of joe and bake something sticky sweet. So we picked a traditional pastry from the area to supplement our Christmas movie watching and copious amounts of coffee guzzling. Kringler is not be any means health food, but it’s akin to the French Croissant and the American doughnut.  I felt like it was going to be more of a toaster strudel sort of cousin, so Gretchen Wieners should be over soon to help us eat this 😉

Kringler Recipe: http://rabbitfoodrocks.blogspot.com/2011/10/scandinavian-kringler.html?m=1

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: THREE STAR out of five this meal!
This recipe was not necessarily hard, it was actually pretty easy when we got down to brass tacks….but this particular recipe was ridiculously unhelpful.  There was no mention of how long to refrigerate this dough. No mention of how thick it needed to be rolled. No mention of how long things were to stand to cool or what thickness the custard was to be spread… it was tough for only that reason! It was easy enough for two seasoned bakers to muddle our way through. I’m not sure the outcome would have been the same if that weren’t the case.

Best dish of all time scale: FIVE STARS out of five for Meal!!
I’m not going to mince words on this one. It’s butter and flour and more butter and eggs. It’s gonna taste like velvety buttery flaky goodness— and it totally was! It wasn’t too sweet either– actually it was just right. The incredible thing was that the only sugar to be seen was in the frosting (which was in fact optional…) so if you’re not one for a sweet treat but need a treat none the less– this one is for you! It’s lovely.

For the Holiday weekend, we will make a Christmas stop off in United Arab Emirates (UAE) for #82!!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
– L & K

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