To celebrate the launch of Moomins Cook book by SelfMadeHero, the Embassy of Finland reveals the secrets to the tasty dishes prepared by the wonderful Moominmamma by publishing a Recipe of the Month – until the end of 2010. In July, why not give your friends an introduction to Finnish cuisine by serving them Moominmamma's special oatmeal biscuits?
1 tsp baking powder
½ tpsp vanilla sugar
150g melted butter
70g rolled oats
50ml whipping cream
1. Mix the baking powder and the vanilla sugar into the flour.
2. Cream the butter, sugar and molasses. (If you can’t find molasses in the shop, you can use treacle, or leave it out.) Fold in the sifter flour, the oats and, finally, the cream.
3. Using a teaspoon, spoon the mixture onto a baking sheet covered with baking paper, leaving plenty of space between them as they will spread during cooking. The batch should make 40 biscuits.
4. Bake at 200 C for 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden.
5. Let the biscuits cool for a few moments before lifting them with a spatula.
6. To curl the biscuits, place them over the side of a rolling pin while still warm.
7. If it won’t work, because the biscuits have cooled and become fragile, put them back in the oven briefly and start again.
Moomins Cook book, published in the UK on July 8, contains over 150 different forest recipes for drinks and dishes – from breakfast at the end of a sunny Nordic summer night to garden parties, campfires and birthday celebrations. The recipes are a wonderful introduction to Finnish cuisine; presented by the season and easy to make, they’re great for the young and old alike.