Christmas

Finnish Christmas Pastries: Christmas Stars Recipe

Our MBA student Kari from Finland tells us his favourite Christmas recipe from his homeland. The blog team wishes you a nice advent season and lots of fun baking!

Ingredients:

  • Dough: 500g puff pastry (ready to roll puff pastry from the freezer or refrigerated section; if you like you can make your own puff pastry; see the recipe suggestion below)
  • Filling: 200g plum jam
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling

Baking: 10-15 minutes at 220°C until the stars are golden brown

Fill the centre of the dough with plum jam and fold into your own star shape. Place the folded pastry onto a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake until golden brown. They go well with mulled wine or glögg.

 

Homemade puff pastry – how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 250g wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 250g butter (at room temperature, but not soft)
  • 150ml cold water

Sift 250g flour and a teaspoon of fine sea salt into a large bowl. Cut 250g butter into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir gently. Use your fist or the back of a ladle to press a well into the mixture and pour in around two thirds of the cold water. Stir until you have a firm, rough dough; add a little more water if needed. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Place the dough onto a lightly floured board, knead gently and form into a rectangle. Roll the dough in one direction only, until three times the width, approximately 20 x 50 cm. The edges should be straight and even. Important: The pieces of butter should be visible in the dough so that it has the puff pastry look later on, as when the butter is heated during baking it forces the dough apart. Fold the top third of the dough down to the centre, then fold the bottom third up over that. Turn the dough with the fold underneath and roll out again to three times the length. Fold together as before, wrap with cling film and chill for at least 20 minutes.

Form the dough into a 3mm thick rectangle and cut into 10cm x 10cm squares with a knife.

Afterwards you continue as described above.

 

We are looking forward to photos of your Christmas star creations and more international recipes from your Christmas baking!

 

Kari has been studying for a Master of Business Administration at IUBH in Berlin since 2018. In his spare time he travels a lot, is passionate about road cycling and loves cooking and baking.

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