The Recipe: A simple Finnish breakfast, starting with whole-grain crackers and here topped with marmalade and a creamy cheese.
The Conversation: Today I begin a special series of recipes, favorites from the year I spent as a Rotary exchange student in Finland, a true "coming of age" experience. Fast forward almost forty years (yikes) to the last couple of weeks, when I had the great fortune to return to Finland to become re-acquainted with the country I consider my second home and the families who opened their homes and their lives to me.
Just today, we are back in the States. I'll be back next week with stories and pictures from our trip but for now, let's start off with something easy, shall we? a typical Finnish breakfast, my very favorite. Marmalade and cheese, it's a surprising but magical combination!
A typical Finnish breakfast is an ocean's distance from the typical American bacon 'n' eggs fare.
The base is crisp crackers, either the lovely long and slim rye crackers called Finn Crisp or the larger but even crisper Swedish crackers called "Wasa" (and pronounced "Vasa"). Both are easy to find in the U.S. and for those of us who choose "real food" for our diets, both crackers are made with a handful of real ingredients, just rye flour, salt, water and yeast for the Finn Crisp and just rye flour and salt for the Wasa. My kind of cracker!
A traditional Finnish breakfast ranges from a cracker spread with good Scandinavian butter to one topped with a thin slice of good cheese topped with cucumber or tomato. So good, I could eat a dozen!
But my personal favorite is the Finn Crisp topped with a smear of tart marmalade and a sliver of creamy cheese like Havarti. Before our trip, I made one after another, just to get in the mood! Often it was my "before bed" Medifast-style snack or a healthy dessert.
TYPICAL FINNISH BREAKFAST:
FINN CRISP with MARMALADE & CHEESE
Time to table: 5 minutes
Makes one to many
- Finn Crisp Original Rye
- Orange marmalade
- Good cheese, something creamy such as havarti
Spread a thin layer of marmalade on the Finn Crisp, top with a sliver of cheese.
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