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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Pizza!

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I have been thinking for a few days of a brief caption for the title of this post, but nothing smart or witty came to my mind. Maybe because everybody knows pizza, everything and the opposite have been said about it, and coming out with something new to say is a real challenge.

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Vaja: my childhood in an apple pie.

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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.

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Banana pancakes: the best family breakfast

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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.

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Choux-rros: a decadent comfort to help you through winter.

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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.

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