Laskiainen or Shrove Tuesday is the day before the beginning of Lent. In Finland it is traditional for children and adults to head to the sledding hills. Winter is starting to be at its best with sun shining more and more each day.
The traditional meal after an afternoon of sledding is split-pea soup with ham or ground beef and for dessert a Laskiaispulla.
This year Laskiainen is on February 12th. But these Laskiaispulla are among my favorite winter treats and can be enjoyed before the actual day.
They are really quite easy to make. For the pulla dough recipe, click here. Instead of making braids just roll the yeast dough into balls, brush with an eggwash and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Bake at 225 C/435 F for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool.
Cut the tops off of the pullas and fill with either a berry preserve or jam or almond paste. My favorite is the almond paste.
Add a large dollop of whipped cream.
Place the little top on and enjoy. If not serving immediately place in the refrigerator. The “correct” way to enjoy this in my opinion is to take the top off sliding some of cream with it. After the top is eaten the best is still left, the bottom with the almond paste and cream. But as with an oreo cookie there is probably no “right” way to eat it, so find your own style to enjoy!
Just the thing after the fun of the sledding hills! Is that a polar bear made out of snow?
Yes it is! There was a snow sculpting competition nearby and they even had built some sculptures/slides for kids to climb and play on.
Oh my, they look delicious! It’s a real sunny winter day here, screaming for a long walk – maybe I have to make them before, so that we can have a delicious dessert after walking in the cold 🙂
Sounds perfect after your long walk in the sun and cold!
Such a fun tradition!! Sledding and spit pea soup and yummy dessert?? Perfect! I love trying recipes from other countries- I bookmarked this- it sounds amazing!!
It is a fun and simple tradition that everyone seems to enjoy. Let me know if try them out!
Loving the sledding! These look exquisite and very tasty. I would love to taste one!
If I could, I would send one virtually for you to taste! 🙂
Mmmm these look lovely! And sledding – YAY!
Today is pulla day in our new kitchen. Haven’t tasted one yet. Don’t want to burn my fingers. But the oven is an improvement over the old one, more even heat. Whipped cream on pulla? Wow! Can’t go wrong with that.
Whipped cream works with almost anything! I bet your pulla turned out delicious. Would be lovely to be there as a taste-tester!
I’m with you and almond paste. Absolutely love it and I bet these, especially with the whipping cream, must be irresistible. Thanks for sharing a bit about Finnish customs and a great recipe.
Thank you for your comment! I am such a big fan of almond paste…it definitely beats the jam!
I want to make this. Yes I want to make this. Because it looks really good. I can’t wait to pop one into my mouth when it is still a little warm. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, give them a try! Now that you’ve gotten your bread dough mastered I’m sure you would make a delicious batch of pulla!
Gorgeous post. Coveting (in equal measures) the luscious snow (we’ve had practically none here in NY) and the winking-at-me laskiasipulla!
We COULD send you some of our snow, we have had plenty! and I agree, the laskiaispulla really are winking 😉
What a fun day in the snow. I would be starving and crave for these laskiaisoulla afterwards too. They are so beautiful too! I would love to stuff them with the whipped cream as well. 😛
Whipped cream makes almost anything taste better 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
These Laskiainen look like the perfect food to follow a day of toboganning. A great way to enjoy winter! I also love your son’s dragon hat . . .
I love the hat too, he calls himself a dragon’s youngling when he wears it 🙂
I have not heard of this treat before but they are beautiful and so are the kids! No snow here in Hong kong at the moment…chuckle chuckle…as a matter of fact I am in shorts and flip flops…
Enjoy your sun! We are looking forward to spring and summer…but it will be a while before it arrives! 🙂
These look really delicious and perfect after a day of sledding!!
Thank you Kenley!
Beautiful! I love the peace and serenity of your blog. And delicious as well 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. Delicious Wishes!
Thank you so much! The natural light during this time of year brings the serenity to the photo.
I could enjoy these every day!
I could too!
These really look like great treats!
And, thanks for sharing the very cool ice sculpture too!
Thank you for stopping by! I had fun getting the shot with the polar bear and our little dragon against the blue sky 🙂 It was a memorable day.
The laskiaispulla are beautiful, and your photographs are amazing, I had something very similar that a Danish friend of mine made. They were incredibly delicious. Thank you for following my blog, I am so happy to have found yours.
Thank you so much. You have a very versatile blog with a wide range of recipes. 🙂
Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading one of my posts and I hope you enjoyed it.
Thank you for visiting because otherwise I wouldn’t have found your amazing blog. I was in Finland a few months ago, it was a business trip, but it was an amazing experience.
I was in Tampere and I met some of the most friendly and amazing people. I had a wonderful time and it’s now one of the best countries in the world.
You have some amazing recipes on your blog and I will definitely follow you from now on.
You’ll have to come back in the summertime to enjoy the midnight sun! It seems like nobody sleeps when the amount of light increases 🙂 Thank you for the nice compliments. I’ll be sure to stop by your blog as well.
They look so pretty and tasty.