Finnish Fruit Tart (Rahkapiirakka)

My first and very favorite fruit tart recipe, Finland's traditional fruit or berry tart, called rahkapiirakka [RAH-ka-PEE-rah-ka] in Finnish. It was my very favorite dessert when I lived in Finland as an exchange student many years ago and was such a treat again just last month when we visited Finland and my Finnish "sister" served it to end a traditional Finnish meal in her home. The Conversation: To learn a new language, start with food words, easy to identify and remember. It's how I learned to speak Finnish, one bite at a time. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes published every summer since 2009. Watch for new "summer easy" recipes all summer long! With a free e-mail subscription , you'll never miss a one! Learning Finnish At Home. Conventional wisdom says that the Finnish language is virtually impossible for non-natives to

Finnish Whole-Wheat Flatbread

When I looked up how to spell flatbread (one word or two? was the question – flatbread, one word, is the answer), I was surprised to see the note, "traditional in Scandinavia". Do you think of flat breads – ahem, flatbread – as universal? So do I. Nonetheless, my flatbread recipe is from Finland, a rustic favorite from when I lived there as an exchange student way back forever ago. It's a tender savory quick bread, just right to serve warm with a bowl of soup or alongside a salad or, with tea, say, for breakfast. There’s nothing quite like hot bread to say “welcome home” to a hungry family. Finnish Whole-Wheat Flatbread is plain cooking at its best. It’s best hot, too, so make only enough for the meal at hand and perhaps for snacking within the next day. Nervous about kneading? Don't be! Busy cooks often do two things at once: think of kneading as feeding your family and exercising your upper arms at the same time! If you’re new to kneading bread, it