You know how sometimes, after you’ve been with someone for a while, you kind of stop expecting any surprises. And I don’t mean like oh hey here’s a no-reason gift kind of surprise ~ those are definitely still welcome, although maybe you do stop expecting those eventually too.
What I mean is, you think you know everything about them, what they’re like when they’re happy, sad, stressed, tired and hungry… and especially how they react when they find you’ve put a red sock in with the whites. But most of all you think you know all of their skills and what they are capable – or incapable – of.
So imagine my surprise when the boys’ turn to cook finally rolled around and Panu turned into something of a budding pastry chef and knocked out not just one, but two serves of sweet thangs.
Check it out: delightful little cinnamon scrolls and the very appropriately timed Christmas star.
Cinnamon scrolls are deliciously fragant buns, rolled in layers of cinnamon and butter. I’m pretty sure that they’re standard issue Finnish fare, and I’ve deduced this from my vast experience with my Nordic pseudo family ~ Panu’s dad used to churn these babies out by the dozen at Christmas time; we spotted some at the Finnish fare a few weeks back; and they sell these scrolls on steroids in Helsinki.
So really, I shouldn’t have been that surprised that when Panu decided to come out of the baking closet, he did so with his miniature army of infinitely adorable cinnamon scrolls.
Maybe I’m not surprised. Maybe I’m in awe. Maybe I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I have a boyfriend who bakes. F*** yeh!
Anyway, as if that wasn’t enough for me to contemplate proposing matrimony right then and there, Panu continued pottering around in the kitchen after the delicious cinnamon-y scents of the scrolls already filled our little apartment.
Apparently churning out the cinnamon scrolls weren’t quite sufficient, he then proceeded to breathe epicurean life into the festive season with more Finnish treats ~ a set of jam filled Christmas stars.
What can I say? I’ve hit the jackpot, right?
Darn right, I have, but I’m not the only lucky one. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about what my friend David made for dinner that night ~ home made mutha effin’ gnocchi. I am humbled.
I mean really, dating a rockstar is like so 1990. I’d much rather have a boy who cooks!
500mL milk, room temperature
50 grams yeast
1 tablespoon cardamom
1.5 – 2 teaspoon salt
1kg wheat flour
150 grams butter, melted
1 extra egg for glazing
25 grams butter, melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon (the more the yummier)
Alternatively, you can use supermarket grade puff pastry, which is a lighter, flakier (though less traditional) alternative.
|Makes 35-50 small buns.|
|750 grams puff pastry
250 grams soft prunes
2 tablespoons sugar (or less, it is quite sweet anyway)
1 egg for glazing