Saturday, November 30, 2013

Joulutorttu – Finnish Christmas Jam Tarts

If there's something that I love about the Finnish Christmas, besides the snowy landscapes and the cozy atmosphere, it certainly is Joulutorttu.

Joulutorttu are star-shaped pastry tarts with a plum jam filling. They are very easy to prepare with the frozen puff pastry sheets and, even though they are traditionally filled with plum jam, you can use any type of jam of your choice! They are delicious :)


I love these tarts so much that I make them for every occasion, not only for Christmas (like Easter, Midsummer etc.), I just change the jam XD


Ingredients (10 pastries):
  • 500 gr (5 sheets) frozen puff pastry
  • plum jam
  • 1 egg
  • icing sugar to decorate

Directions:
Take the frozen puff pastry sheets from the freezer, place them on a sheet of oven parchment and let them be at room temperature for about 15 minutes (or follow the package's instructions).

Cut the pastry into squares about 10x10cm in size.


Make diagonal about 3 cm cuts in each corner, leaving the middle of the square uncut for the jam. As you can see from the photo I didn't cut them exactly in the corner but a bit on the side, this way the tarts edges will less likely get burned in the oven.


Fold 4 of the edges towards the center of the tart and press down gently to hold them together.



Brush the top of the pastries with lightly beaten egg.


Place a teaspoon of jam in the middle of the tarts.


Bake at 225º C (437º F) for about 12-15 minutes, until the pastries have gotten a nice color.


Let the Joulutorttu cool down then sprinkle with icing sugar. Enjoy :)




3 comments:

Dina said...

how cute and they look yummy!

day said...

I am SO ready to eat these!!!!

Wonderland said...

@Dina: Thank you for visiting my blog!

@Day: I can send you some ;)

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