Joulutorttu - these Finnish Christmas Tarts are extremely popular around the holiday season in Finland and Sweden. These delicious pastries are a Christmas must, and have been an a traditional Christmas recipe for generations with origins from the 18th century. Nothing says Christmas time in Finland like a plate of warm and soft joulutorttu, enjoyed with some hot coffee or warm glögi surrounded by family and friends.
As I've said in the past, if there is anything I love more than delicious recipes, it's recipes that are both fast and delicious. It's normal to have a time crunch in the festive season, or just simply have a preference for a recipe that will turn out delicious without needing to spend hours in the kitchen.
The Finnish Christmas tarts are traditionally made with a plum jam, but we were in the mood to experiment with some new flavors and present you with some other alternative tart flavors. This time, we used four different tart flavors - plum jam, nutella, raspberry jam, and green marmalade candy (vihreät kuulat).
Each flavor is distinctly different from the other, and the fillings make the tarts quite unique. The plum jam tart is known as "the classical" tart and as many may argue, the best. We personally loved them! The nutella tart was the runner up favorite for us, as puff pastry and nutella are a match made in heaven. The raspberry jam and marmalade tarts were delicious, too, and are mainly suitable for those with a sweet tooth. After all, the pastry is made with candy.
This holiday season we continue to develop new and old traditional recipes from all over the world and share our favorite picks with our readers. To get better at what we do, we would love to hear your feedback of how you liked this recipe. How much did you enjoy these Finnish baked delights?
(Each sheet of puff pastry makes two tarts)
Puff pastry (1 pack)
Plum jam (1 pack)
Raspberry jam (1 pack)
Nutella (1 pack)
Green marmalade candy (1 pack)
Allow the puff pastry to defrost by taking it out from the freezer for around 2 minutes.
Cut the puff pastry into two equal square halves.
Cut the puff pastry along the four corners 1/2 of the way to the center of the square.
4. Fold in the alternative corners, forming a pinwheel or star shape. Press the corners in the center to ensure it stays together.
5. Add a teaspoon of your desired tart filling (plum jam, raspberry jam, or nutella) in the middle. Or place your marmalade candy in the middle.
6. Brush the tarts with egg wash.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 225 C for 10- 12 minutes until golden brown.
8. Allow tarts to cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy as is or add a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Your Christmas tarts are ready to be devoured!