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X-mas delicacy pt 2

Last time we were baking traditional Christmas pies and this time we were reaching the advanced level of baking, making the gingerbread house. One reason to play with the gingerbreads, is because we had to hang out with my kids also. And kids like baking gingerbreads.

Project started with buying a diy (do it yourself)-kit from Ikea. The price was only under 3€.


We fixed the wall and roofpanels with sugar paste. During the process we found out that we need more decoration stuff and we went to Lidl to buy some accessories.


After the frame has dried and hardened we started to decorate the building. On the roof we put white/pink drops and Smarties, glued with the sugar paste. Windows and door were framed with sugar paste. The chimney was filled with Smarties and covered with different decorations. On the roof’s edges we tried to use white sugar paste to make “ice spikes” with not-so-good-success 🙂

On the top on the house we spread the powder sugar as snow.


We didn’t get enough of baking so we started to bake different shapes gingerbread cookies. I had a large collection of cookie molds; animals, stars, trees, Angry Birds etc.

Of course the decent X-mas house needs inhabitants, pets, x-mas trees.

Here is the result:


X-mas delicacy pt 1

This sessions topic was a traditional Finnish Christmas delicacy, “Joulutorttu”. It is a pie made of puff pastry. In my childhood, with my grandma, we used to do the dough ourselves but that needs quite much time and energy.

When the Christmas is closing, there are frozen puff pastry sold in every shop and market. Easy way – my way 🙂

After rolling the dough, we cut the dough into squares and then we made little cuts from corner to center. In the middle of the square we put a spoonful of plum jam. Traditionally the plum jam is used but of course you can use other jams as well. If you want to play wild, you can fill the pie with marmalade or even chocolate.


Then we folded every other “triangle” to the center. Remember not to make tight folds, it makes the pie stay too flat. Keep it airy.

Traditionally the powder sugar is spread on the top of the pies but this time we didn’t have powder sugar.