Joulutorttu: Finnish Christmas Stars
|Prep time||55 minutes|
|Cook time||1 hour, 5 minutes|
|Total time||2 hours|
|Allergy / Intolerance||Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates|
|Suitable for||RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe|
|Meal type||Sweet Things|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
|Occasion||Christmas, Special Occasions|
- Enough pastry to make 16 squares (refer to notes)
- Pure icing sugar
For the filling:
- 3 Large very ripe pears (approximately 900 grams)
- 45g soft brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice substitute (Refer to recipe)
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
For the filling: (Optional)
- pinch saffron threads
Low Chemical / Failsafe
These pastries are best made a few hours before serving, and sprinkled with icing sugar just before serving.
If you have time, make the filling a day or two in advance and store in the fridge. This will allow the flavours to develop more.
Any type of pastry can be used and the squares can be any size. I used 10 x 10 cm squares, but if you use pre-prepared pastry sheets you can just cut each sheet into quarters. 4 sheets of butter puff pastry or 3 batches or sweet shortcrust pastry will make 16 pastries.
Traditionally, the jam used is plum or prune, but you can use any type of jam that is tolerated instead of the pear filling.
The lemon juice substitute recipe can be found here.
For instructions on how to fold the stars, refer to the original post for this recipe.