Monday, December 16, 2013

Flower Shaped Joulutorttu

The traditional and most baked Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tart) is the one I showed you in my previous post: star shaped!

However, there are variations to this type of pastry and one of them is the flower shape.

To make the tarts flower shaped the puff pastry must be cut in a different way, like shown in the image below. You make four L shaped cuts like this:

The four outer corners are then folded towards the center of the pastry, this time ABOVE the jam. And when you take your tarts from the oven they will look like beautiful flowers! :)

I will write the directions again, even though it's really simple to make these.

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

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. With a sharp knife, make four L shaped cuts in the sheet. Place a teaspoon of jam in the middle of the tarts.
Fold the four outer corner towards the center and press down gently to hold them together.
Brush the top of the pastries with lightly beaten egg. Bake at 225º C (437º F) for about 12-15 minutes, until the pastries have gotten a nice color.
Let your flower shaped Joulutorttu cool down then sprinkle with icing sugar. Enjoy :)


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