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These simple and delicate sandwiches are perfect to give as gifts around the holidays. Home made goodies have a warming effect on people, one of the reasons why I love to bake. Well, there’s that and I have allergies.

I used the following recipe to make about a dozen raspberry-filled lusikkaleivat and packaged them for a bake sale. Use any jam you like, and for you nut-eaters Nutella would probably rock as a filling.

  • 1 cup soft salted butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • raspberry jam (If it’s too thin, reduce in a pan and cool completely. I use a whole fruit jam.)

Cream the butter and sugar. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the yolk and vanilla to the butter and blend well. Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended together.

Note: Finns will brown the butter to bring out a nutty flavor. I’ve made these both ways and prefer room temperature butter. Using the browned butter will yield a crumbly dough that you spoon onto the pan. I like a flatter cookie because they are easier to eat, remember the thickness of the finished cookie will be twice as thick as one cookie!

Drop tablespoons of the dough on a parchment sheet covered pan, press them flat with your palm. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350ºF, or until the edges just start to brown. You should have enough to make a dozen sandwiched cookies.

The dough:
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The cookies, ready to be given to lucky friends:
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BUY.  BAKE.  HELP.

We saw some incredible amounts of rain last month, while this was welcome after the droughts of 2011, the damage was not.  

Folks all along the Onion Creek river system were washed out of homes and rescued from rooftops. The same thing happened in my previous home of Calgary earlier this year.   The rivers become seething live creatures, swallowing everything in their path.

It’s time to rebuild.  Renew.  Refresh.  But everyone needs your help.

Austin Bakes for Austin is here to lend a hand, or cookie, for the cause.  Bakers across town will fire up their ovens for a city-wide bake sale on November 30th.  Save some room after your Thanksgiving feasts for sweet treats, and maybe a few savory ones too.  Your purchase will help a neighbor.  What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving?

 

Let me tell you how I got involved with Austin Bakes.

It was Labor Day weekend, 2011, we were returning to Round Rock after spending time with the grandparents in Del Rio for my son’s birthday.  As we approached Austin travelling north on IH-35, I saw what looked at first to be a thunderstorm to the east. Then the horrifying scene became clear.  That was a wall of smoke from a huge fire.  I’d never seen anything like it, and my heart sunk.

I wanted to help Bastrop.  Especially after seeing the news coverage.  I cried for people I didn’t even know, would never meet, and would never know that I cared about them.  It was that human connection, some upper echelon of spirituality that zapped me in gear.  I found Kathryn and Austin Bakes.  We met for coffee and I was so excited to be able to do something with my hobby of baking that would help the people I cried for, and prayed for.  A simple act of love, all bundled up in a loaf of bread.  Is it really that simple?  Yes, it can be.  

I don’t think Kathryn, nor the other volunteers, knew how this event would grow.  

Then West, TX happened.  I was drowning in a pool of tears for the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives that day.  During that bake sale, a volunteer firefighter from West appeared at my location in the Round Rock Market.  Holding back tears I thanked him for his service, dedication, and offered condolences for his fallen brothers.  He wouldn’t take a cookie, and only left his thanks for us.  

We can’t fix everything, but we can try to help each other.  Please join me next Saturday, either as a volunteer or supporter, for Austin Bakes for Austin between 10am and 2pm.  I’ll bring the bread, you bring your friends.  

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For locations, please visit http://austinbakes.com or make a donation today.  

All funds raised will go to the Austin Disaster Relief Network, to benefit survivors of the late October flooding
that ravaged homes in Austin and Pflugerville. Those who wish to make a gift in advance of the sale may do
so at Austin Bakes for Austin’s secure, online giving page.

 

 

 

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credit: mkcphoto.net 2011

Pecan Raisin Tarts (photo: Martha Compton)

Austin Bakes for Bastrop was the first large-scale fundraising bake sale I’ve ever been in.  It involved long hours in the kitchen and on my feet, which are still recovering.  Living in Round Rock and working in Austin for the last eight years has had quite an impact on my life.  I met my husband here, we’re raising a family now, and this feel like home now.  What would happen if everything we own went up in smoke and unbridled flames?  That’s exactly what hundreds of families are facing at this moment, right down the road from where I sit.  I was compelled to find some avenue to help those in this incredibly difficult situation.  I don’t have much, but I can certainly bake for a cause!

photo by Martha Compton 2011

My Sign! (photo: Martha Compton)

Talking with customers (photo: Martha Compton)

Talking with customers @Round Rock bake sale

Happy Customers!

I still wish I could have baked more Finnish Pulla bread, it was the first item I made at the Round Rock bake sale that sold out.  On Twitter there was a woman thanking me for the Pfefernüsse cookies I made, and another who wished she could have found some.

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Finnish Pulla Bread (photo: Martha Compton)

Finnish Pulla Bread (photo: Martha Compton)

Local bakery businesses and home cooks pitched in an unbelievable amount of goodies for the seven different bake sale spots.  The Round Rock location had so much stuff and less traffic that we shuttled stuff three times to other sales so they had enough to last until 2PM (and beyond in some cases I heard!).  That’s how some of the things I made found their way to Austin.

Tamale Place (photo: Martha Compton)

Tamale Place (photo: Martha Compton)

Big thank you to all the volunteers who dropped off baked goods at Old Settler’s Park!  Thank you to my family for putting up with me :)

Another thank you to…

So many wonderful treats and caring bakers behind them!

The photos seen above were taken by Martha Compton from mkc photography, a local lifestyle photographer who shoots on-location in natural light.  Check out more of Martha’s gorgeous photos at mkcphoto.net!

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Making a mess in the kitchen is much more fun than cleaning up afterwards. I left the house this morning, car loaded for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop bake sale and the kitchen was a disaster. I wasn’t expecting it to look any better when I returned. Hubby and Big Brother spent the better part of an hour cleaning up my mess and still didn’t manage to finish. Grateful for their efforts, I relieved them of their duties. Am I finished cleaning as I write this post? Nope! Closer but I couldn’t wait to try this lemon poppy seed mini cake with [very] lemony glaze.

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Let's Bake! Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This is so lemony and moist, it really held up to being outside until 2PM when we shut down the bake sale in Round Rock.

I might need to take a nap now.

Check out Austinbakes.wordpress.com for the update on Monday about the final amount raised for the wildfire relief fund in Central Texas!

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