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Happy Runeberg's Day!


Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is Finland’s national poet, and we celebrate him today on the 5th of February. He was actually a Swedish speaking Finn like me, who wrote in Swedish and lived in my home town Porvoo. He taught Latin literature at the same high school I went to, Borgå Gymnasium. I’ve always liked the day – mainly because you get to have one of these delicious Runeberg’s tarts created by his wife, Fredrika Runeberg…:)

I decided to try and make some as you can’t really get a hold of any here…They’re made with ground almonds, breadcrumbs and almond extract (among other things) and topped with raspberry jam and a ring made of sugar icing. (There are loads of different recipes out there.) Have to say they turned out ok although they’re not exactly like the original thing – but at least they satisfied my cravings for a tart!

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This is what the tarts usually look like. They’re very moist as well, yum. I have to confess that I actually had one already when we were visiting during Christmas…

Luckily my cold is a bit better, so will head out to enjoy the sun and go meet Matthew for lunch – and hope that a bit of walking will make the baby decide to show face!

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • Monica Äikas

    Bra att du håller fanan högt och sprider lite information om Finland och finländsk kultur! Dina runebergstårtor ser fina ut. Men varför inte skriva Borgå gymnasium, som skolan ju de facto heter??

    February 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Jag trodde jag skrev det – ska ändra det nu!

      February 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm
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