I got to know this day for it’s famous pastry which is typically eaten only in Finland, as far as I am aware of. Today is the day that Fins eat a pastry, named Runebergintorttu in Finnish, flavored with almond flour with leftover bread crumbs to give it texture and usually there is raspberry jam in a sugar ring on the top of it. This pastry is consumed from early January to the 5th of February, which is the date that Runeberg’s day is officially celebrated in Finland.
It is said that the pastry is created bij Runeberg’s wife Frederika Runeberg and this pastry now marks the anniversary of one of Finland’s most important poets.
The words of the Finnish National Anthem are based on Runeberg’s poem “Vårt land” (Swedish), ”Maamme” (Finnish) or ”Our Land” in English.
But enough about the background – most important is the recipe so you can make some yourself.
200 g margarine or butter
2 dl sugar
2 dl wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 dl sweet bread crumbs (e.g. crumbled biscuits)
2 dl ground almonds (appr. 80 g)
1 dl cream
solid raspberry jam
2 dl water
1 dl sugar
2-3 tbsp arrack liqueur or rum
solid raspberry jam or marmalade
1 dl icing sugar
2 tsp water or lemon juice
Start to preheat the over to 200°C
Mix the butter/margarine and sugar and add the eggs while you keep mixing the ingredients. Then you start adding the baking powder and flour.
Grind the almonds you mix them with the bread crumbs and then put that also in the mixture together with cardamom and the cream.
Make sure that you grease the muffin moulds and them put the mixture in them leaving enough room for it to raise. Make a hole in the middle of each muffin and fill that with jam. Now you place them in the over for 15 minutes.
Boil water and let the sugar melt and add some flavor with the alcohol. And this mixture you use to moisten the muffins. Now you can also add dome more jam while you let the muffins cool down. While it cools down you mix the icing sugar, water and lemon juice and when the muffins are cool you add a circle of icing around the jam.