Joulutortut (Finnish Christmas Tarts) – Recipe

by Ciaran Burke
Joulutortut (Finnish Christmas tarts)This is a traditional Advent and Christmas bake. When prepared the pastry needs to stand overnight before rolling. Here is Hanna’s recipe for these delicious pastries. This is one of the lovely cakes that we enjoyed during our Christmas Wreath Workshop on 1st December in The Garden School.
Here is a link to the Christmas Wreath Workshop

  • 200g butter
  • 200ml whip cream
  • about 2cups (European cup=250ml) flour (I use white spelt, but mostly people use wheat of course)
  • 1/2tsp. baking powder


  1. For the pastry: mix by hand the room temperature butter with 1,5 cup of flours and baking powder until even.
  2. Whip the cream thick and add into the flour mix. Fold together.
  3. Sieve in the rest of the flour. Mix and form the pastry into a ball.
  4. Wrap with baking paper and leave overnight in the fridge.



  • about 200g stoneless prunes
  • piece of cinnamon stick
  • some orange grind slices
  • 2-3tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 egg for brushing


  1. To prepare the filling, put the prunes into a pot with some water and the sugar and spices. Cook until soft, and the water has boiled away.
  2. Take out the cinnamon stick and orange grind slices.
  3. Mix smooth with mixer.

Baking the pastries

  1. Take the cooled pastry from the fridge and roll it with some flour on the table to the thickness of ¼ of an inch or so. Fold back together with three or four folds and roll flat again. Repeat this three or four times.
  2. Then roll the pastry as square as possible again to the thickness of ¼ of an inch or little less. Cut with pastry cutter (or pizza cutter of knife) into even squares about 4X4inches.
  3. Cut all the corners open in diagonal to the centre IMG_0451
  4. Put about 1tsp. of the filling into the middle of each square. Fold every right half of the corner up to the centre onto the top of the filling. (It should look like a 4-armed star). The folded corners hold better together if you keep tipping your fingers into the water while folding, so that the pastry is always moist where it comes together.

Place the stars onto a buttered and floured baking tray, and brush well with slightly whisked egg. Bake for 10-15min. in 200°C. Before serving sprinkle with icing sugar.


2 Comments to “Joulutortut (Finnish Christmas Tarts) – Recipe”

  1. Reblogged this on Annette J Dunlea Irish Author and commented:
    Jenn makes Christmas pastries..I must try these…thanks for posting Jenn

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