Recipe for Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tarts) in celebration of #ChristmasSweetsWeek! These flaky Finnish tarts are filled with a homemade prune jam and folded into pinwheels/stars or flowers.
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Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tarts) is my second recipe for #ChristmasSweets Week! Check out my Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream for more information and additional recipes.
Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tarts)
Joulutorttu is a Finnish pastry popular during the Christmas season. These pinwheel/star-shaped tarts are traditionally filled with a prune jam, but I also topped a few with some leftover apricot jam I had on hand for a little contrast in color. I formed the pastry with a buttery, pie crust-like dough from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book featuring Cabot butter, but using pre-made sheets of puff pastry is also common.
The prune jam comes together fairly easily. Pitted prunes are soaked in water for a couple of hours (many recipes I came across skipped this step), then simmered on the stove with a little Dixie Crystals sugar and water for about 20 minutes until softened enough to easily mash. If desired, you can also puree the jam at this point for a smoother texture.
After forming the Joulutorttu into their desired shapes, they are brushed with an egg wash and baked until golden. Dust the pastries with powdered sugar and refrigerate if not serving immediately.
The most popular shape for these Joulutorttu is the star/pinwheel design. I have seen them formed with the jam either below or above the folded corners. After cutting the sheet of dough into squares, use a sharp knife to make cuts from each corner about halfway towards the center. If you want the jam covered, place a teaspoon in the center of the square before folding every other split corner to the center. Fold before adding the jam if you want it on top.
I also came across this interesting flower design and I think it may be my favorite shape of all.
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Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tarts) Recipe
Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Tarts)
- 10 1/2 ounces (300 g) pitted prunes
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar preferably Dixie Crystals
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream whipped
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened at room temperature, preferably Cabot
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling, preferably Dixie Crystals
To make the Prune Jam:
- Cover the prunes with water and soak for two hours. Drain, rinse, and place in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar, top with just enough water to cover, and place over high heat.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the prunes have softened and are easily mashed, about 20 minutes. If needed, add a little more water to keep the mixture from burning.
- Mash the jam to desired consistency or puree. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the Joulutorttu:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour and baking powder. Mix in the whipped heavy cream, followed by the softened butter.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until soft and smooth. Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 1/4 inch thick. Fold the dough into thirds by folding 1/3rd towards the center followed by the other side towards the center. Roll the dough out again, turn, and fold into thirds again along the other side to form the dough into a square. Roll out a final time to make a square about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut the sheet of dough into 3 inch squares (I made 30). To make the traditional shape, use a sharp knife to make cuts from each corner about halfway towards the center. Place a teaspoon of jam in the center of the square.
- Lift every other split corner towards the center over the jam filling and pinch together to create a pinwheel/star shape. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining squares.
- In a small bowl, beat together the egg and milk. Brush the top of each Joulutorttu with the beaten egg wash. Bake in preheated oven until golden, 7-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool to room temperature and top with powdered sugar. Refrigerate in an airtight container if not serving immediately.