Saturday, January 16, 2010

a history lesson in food

When I was in college in the early 70's in Home Economics Education at Buffalo State...I somehow came across a recipe for: Cheesecake (Rahkapiirakka) I think I might have gotten it from a Finnish student.

Years later when I made it for Pentti's parents...they said it was very authentic. (and delicious, I might add) Pentti's sister, Seija, gave me a copy of The Finnish Cookbook by Beatrice A. Ojakangas. I use that book all the time for Finnish recipes and they are really just like Pentti's family makes. It's still available and I have bought copies for both of my daughters.

In Beatrice's cookbook there are two recipes similar to mine:
Karelian Cheese-Filled Buns (Rahkapiirakat) and
Cream Cheese Filled Buns (Juustokukkoset)

My recipe is baked in a large pan, not in individual buns and uses cream cheese.

Jess says I have to make if for breakfast tomorrow morning before she goes back to Atlanta.
Maybe there'll be photos....

PS to Sarah: look who arrived as soon as you left this morning!


Sarah said...

i can not stop looking at this picture, and hey! i want some of that finnish cheese danish!

Susan said...

I don't think the Finnish cheesecake will ship well to Brooklyn! But after seeing your Pulla, I'm sure you could make this, too.