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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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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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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