When I started my 42-week sweet strike, I gave as granted that, although I would keep making desserts, the rate of savoury baking posts would have significantly increased. The other thing I was totally sure about, was that my first savoury post of this low-sugar season would have been aubergine Parmigiana.
Sometimes baking is not about spending a lot of time in the kitchen with a 5 page long recipe and tens of ingredients. Sometimes baking is about putting together something quick and simple, but still very tasty and made the same care that a grand celebration cake would deserve.
I have been thinking of posting a recipe for an apple pie for very long time, but somehow never got around, as I never managed to decide on the best version to make. Apple pie is one of those mythical concepts very difficult to grasp because everybody knows it but always in a slightly different version. Every household has a favourite recipe, which slightly differs from all the others and, as they are all likely to be very good, it is very difficult to pin down the ultimate one. So, in a sort of enlightenment, I realised there was no point in looking for the perfect apple pie, the one that would make everybody happy and, as usual, when I stopped overcomplicating things, it became clear that the only right choice was MY apple pie, or rather, the apple pie of my childhood.
OK, I know what you will all think now, so much for a blog with some proper adult baking and no “baby baking”: she makes one Guinness and chocolate cake and thinks she can get away with that, we turn our eyes for one second and we find ourselves with banana pancakes! But I promise you, if you manage to follow until the end you won’t be disappointed as there are so many reasons why these pancakes are a great treat.
Let’s face it: by no mean climate is Finland’s big thing. Finnish weather excel in the extremes: the frosty winter when everything around is covered in a fluffy, magical, enchanting layer of white and the warm summer, when colours are so overwhelmingly strong and lively that thsy can almost be perceived with senses other sight, they almost have a smell and a sound. But the summer is usually too short and, even worse, winter is unbearably long.
The first heat wave of the year has finally found Finland too. It is supposed to last more or less the time it will take you to go through this post but one hopes it won’t be the last one. Whatever people may say about Finnish weather summer is actually quite lovely even if not constant or very hot.
The main pleasure in baking is being able to share the final result with friends, feed them and making them happy, even though only for the short time of a few bites. The concept of sharing the food must have some ancestral meaning maybe of supporting your loved ones, nurture them, as they would do with you. That is why, as nice and impressive they look, at our place you will never (or very rarely) find food served in individual dishes plated elegantly with fancy decorations. They look great, nothing wrong about them, but I leave that to restaurants and Masterchef contestants, who are definitely better than me at that. At our table food will always come in large sharing plates, from which anyone can help oneself, from which anyone can choose the portion size and the exact spoonful they want to get.