Tippaleipä: when 1st of May is not only workers day

When I moved to Finland I had no idea that the 1st of May (Vappu as the local call it) was much more than the International Workers day, which is, in my opinion, already a big celebration in its own right. Vappu in Finnish, “Valpurgis night” in English is the night between the 30th of April and the 1st of May, a celebration of early Christian origins marked throughout Northern Europe. But in Finland they do not stop here.
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Chocolate “pregnant” cake: when struggling for perfection doesn’t exactly go to plan.

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I like to try recipes given to me by others. I like that they trust me enough to give me their tried and tested recipes and allowing me to present them here. This recipe, although extremely simple, was particularly tricky for me, for many reasons.
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Ladies and gentlemen, Its majesty: the Pastiera.

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I have always been a very unconventional person. To me, personally, traditions have always meant doing something just because someone else was used to do it, long before me; repeating gestures and actions that other people have set and established for me. I never managed to follow traditions with heart and soul, if I did it was only because I felt I had to, and exactly for that reason I didn’t like it. But, at the same time I am perfectly aware that traditions embody past, history and culture. I have always felt fascinated by other people traditions, and admired those people who embraced them and keep them alive.
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Finnish Apple Pie: the happiness of baking with the little ones

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Before my daughter was born, baking had always been something only mine, a relax exercise, proper quality time to spend with myself. Then she exploded in our life and the first few months even boiling an egg seemed a challenge. I slowly (very slowly, my husband would say) got back to pots, pans, whiskers, rolling pin and piping bag, but for long time it was always a race against the clock, always something else more urgent (usually involving the little person of the family) to do, and as much as I enjoyed, it was nothing like before.
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Lemon Crème Brulee – Or of a 9-month sugar strike

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And so, a week ago, I completed my sugar strike. Giving up sweets, especially for someone who writes a baking blog, might seem a strange move, but I have never been happier of my choice. Well, yes, the fact that now it’s done probably helps! I did it because I needed to change something in my eating habits, regain control of them; so, to me, more than deprivation, it was a discipline exercise, a challenge between my love for sweets and my will power, something I wanted to prove to myself.

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