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!