Estonia I had no feeling at all when I heard Estonia before researching it this week. For 50 years Estonia has been suppressed by the Sovjet Union. Estonia has a history of been suppressed by a lot of countries like Denmark, Russia and Scandinavia. Luckily the city of Tallin remained untouched in it’s medieval glory and is now put on the Unesco list. In 1991 Estonia finally became independent again, despite the suppression they managed to stick to their own culture. After the liberation of Estonia a lot of Russians stayed behind, in hope of a better future, since the economy in Russia was breaking down.
Even now 40% of the population of Tallin consists of Russians. Together with Lithuania and Latvia they are called the Baltic States. Estonia is the smallest of Baltic states with only just over 1,5 million inhabitants.
Things you didn’t know about Estonia:
- The Estonians are one of the most tech savvy nations on earth, for instance you can pay everything by phone and they invented Skype!
- Zero tolerance policy for drunk driving. The sale of take away alcoholic beverages in shops is prohibited after 10pm. After this time alcohol can only be purchased and consumed on the premises of restaurants and bars.
- Remember as a kid you used to try and swing over the bars and it never worked? That because the design of our swings. In Estonia however swings are designed differently. . Essentially they built a better frame, designed solely for the purpose of going all the way over the bars—and doing so is basically the entire point of the sport. It is extreme, insane, and incredibly cool. It’s called Kiiking
- Every single year, several European countries get together for a rather strange sport, called “wife-carrying.” The sport sounds pretty odd, and it is exactly as odd as it sounds. The idea is that the male contestants actually carry their wives or girlfriends, and try to get the best time possible on the course
I think this is one of the best things I have baked ever! Delicious and it looks spectucular! Like a pro made it! I made the filling extra rich because I was so enthusiastic.
- 350 gr of white flour
- 5 gr of dry yeast or 15 gr fresh yeast
- 1/2 table spoon of sugar
- 120 gr of luke warm milk
- 30 gr of room temperature butter
- 1 egg, dash of salt.
- chocolate covered pecan nuts (or chocolate chips and nuts)
- butter (measurements of the filling is very personal! But I put in a lot!)
- You start by preparing the dough. Put all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl and knead until you have a soft compact cough.
- Make a ball and allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm dry place.
- After 1 hour it should have doubled in size.
- Tear up the marzipan by hand until you have tiny crumbs and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to give a rectangular shape as regular as possible and scatter over the marzipan crumbs and the rest of your filling!
- Roll up de dough so it looks like a giant Swiss roll.
- Slice open in two your roll but leave one end whole.
- Twist the rolls around each other and then close the ends together. So you have a nice circle.
- Brush a little egg yolk on your beautiful creation and put in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.