I am not anti-croissant. I like them plain, chocolate, filled with almond paste or ham and cheese with equal fervor. However, there is a misconception among many Americans that the croissant is somehow the major national breakfast pastry of France, and I am here to disabuse you of this image with the most delicious news.
When you see malawach, you might assume it’s just another flatbread. Upon a closer look, however, you’ll notice the craggy surface of the dough is glistening with butter, and the texture looks more flaky than crumbly.
Morning buns with coffee or tea is the perfect way to start any day. They’re simultaneously sweet, salty, crisp and chewy, and in a category of their own. But they often get tossed into a group of anything sweet that’s served in the a.m. Contrary to what many will tell you, a morning bun is not a sticky bun. Or a cinnamon roll. Or a muffin. Or just any pastry with cream slathered on top. Do not believe these things. They’re a far cry from the truth.
For the longest time, I thought Finns were indifferent about Finland’s traditional dishes. Finns are modest. We don’t like to brag. But as it turns out, Finns are proud, passionate, and sometimes downright aggressive about certain classic staples. Such is the case with karjalanpiirakka, also known as the Karelian pie.