You've heard of Swedish cinnamon buns but what about Finnish ones? These beautiful striped buns have a heavenly scented cardamom butter dough and buttery cinnamon sugar layers. And to finish? Crunchy pearl sugar on top!
Korvapuusti literally means "a clip or slap on the ear" which is a funny name when you come to think of it. I wasn't able to find a lot about the origin of the name but I quickly imagined a child being so tempted at the smell of these that they stole one and was clipped on the ear. I got this recipe from Mr NQN's aunt Sisko who makes wonderful Finnish goodies. They were something that I wanted to make for the longest time.
If you've ever tried Finnish or Scandinavian (did you know that technically Finland isn't part of Scandinavia but it is a Nordic country?) baked goods one spice pops up a lot: cardamom. Before that I'd only really eaten it in Indian curries but it lends itself beautifully to baked goods as it works with sweet or savoury. I definitely would not leave it out as it enhances the buttery dough so much. I adapted Sisko's recipe slightly and added a bit of cardamom in the filling too because I love baking with spices especially in winter so the house fills with aroma.
Dear Reader, there was a time recently when I was forgetful and left something out. Specifically of my ears. I should explain. I was travelling and sat down in my seat on the plane. I touched my ear and secured my earring and then touched the other ear. There was nothing there. I swivelled around looking at my coat and seeing where I'd dropped my earring. Nothing.
It was my favourite pair and I was a bit annoyed that somehow I had lost it. It was probably on the ground somewhere at Sydney airport. I did a quick look around my seat, took the other earring off and put it away for safe keeping. I made a mental note to buy an extra earring when I got home.
Video: how to make Korvapuusti!
Well it turned out that I was simply being forgetful that day. When I got home from overseas there was the other earring, sitting on top of my jewellery box. In my haste and in my state of forgetfulness I had only put in one earring! I was relieved that I hadn't lost it but I made a reminder to check that I had everything the next time!
So tell me Dear Reader, are you a bit forgetful? Have you ever gone out with one earring or clothing item that was a pair or have you forgotten to add a recipe ingredient?