August 16, 2011

Köyhät ritarit - Poor Knights


There is nothing quite like a quick dessert or an afternoon treat any day of the week and today I was craving for a treat I remember from my childhood - köyhät ritarit, or Poor Knights, as it would translate in English. As so many sweet treats, this one too I think originally came to Finland from Sweden, and was often made using either day-old white bread or sweet cinnamon roll, pulla (or cut-up braided pulla).

Of course I had to modernise the traditional recipe a bit - I used my healthier spelt pulla instead of the traditional all-white, I replaced whipped cream with yoghurt and used berries instead of jam. The traditional version of this would be something similar to that of French toast - white bread dipped in milk and egg mixture, fried in butter and topped with berry jam and whipped cream - you get the idea. I can tell you, however, that I wholeheartedly enjoyed this lighter version of my childhood treat, and it was just as nice as I remembered! This really is the simplest dessert, but what a special treat to have every now and then!


Köyhät ritarit - Poor Knights
(serves 2)

2 whole spelt pulla, cut in halves*
1 free-range egg
dash of milk (100ml)
tiny pinch of salt
olive oil, for frying

250ml thick or strained yoghurt**
200g fresh or frozen (defrosted) berries
raw honey, to taste

* you could use day-old spelt bread as well.

**strain the yoghurt for at least 30 minutes before using, alternatively you could use quark or thick pot-set yoghurt.

1. Whisk the egg, milk and salt together in a bowl. then dip each pulla piece in the mixture. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small frying pan and fry the halves on each side until golden. Set aside. 

2. Mix the yoghurt with the berries and sweeten (to taste) with raw honey. Spoon a dollop of the berry yoghurt on top of the warm pulla and serve immediately.

27 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful treat! A mouthwatering combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. I love how you swapped out the whipped cream for yougurt - looks great!

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  3. How lovely, I do love the yogurt! I must try this, perhaps for tomorrow's breakfast.

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  4. Yummo what a gorgeous recipe. I think I'd prefer it with youghurt rather than whipped cream. Although I also wouldn't mind trying it with clotted cream & mushed berries!

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  5. This looks delicious and great ideas for substituting yoghurt for whipped cream. It's almost like a scone with whipped cream and jam but not as heavy.

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  6. Very yummy treat with a great name!

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  7. I love finding ways to indulge a little on weeknights and this sounds perfect! What a fun treat!

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  8. Such a simple, yet delicious, treat.I can see why it was a favorite of yours. It looks scrumptious and eminently edible.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. That looks great! I love how much healthier than regular french toast this is. I had some traditional fresh toast at a family gathering this weekend, white bread etc, and I know for sure that I would prefer this. That yogurt and berries on top looks delicious, and beautiful too, I love the color from the berries :D

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  10. Delightful! I so much enjoy hearing about childhood favorites. Our memory of certain foods transport us to another time and place. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I remember this well in its French toasty version - why do I think across the Gulf it was called 'White Knights'? On second thoughts both sound the same in Estonian! :) ! And usually made with day-old 'cakey' bread? Anyways this is fun and healthy and will most certainly be back on the menu! Thanks!!

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  12. Your version sounds much much better IMHO. I've not seen spelt pulla but have spelt flour. I guess I could make spelt bread?

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  13. A scrumptious treat, I love the yogurt topping!

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  14. Love the healthy adaptation of a "french toast" kind of dish :) perfect for when you dont want too be too naughty!

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  15. I've been replacing white rice with beans, and white flour with whole or sprouted, but I did cave and had a personal pan pizza, but it was all under 500 cals so not too awful. This looks lovely.

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  16. I know you've said it's like french toast but it also reminds me of scones with cream & jam. Maybe it's like a combination of both. Healthy version sounds good too!

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  17. What an amazing treat and that yogurt looks to die for! So refreshing and perfect for breakfast or lunch

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  18. Åååå! Fattiga riddare! Even though being Swedish I've never had it with whipped cream and berries. That could be due to the fact that I grew up in the US and when my family moved back to Sweden I prefered having mine with maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. Yours look amazing!

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  19. this is soooo gorgeous!!! i really love how beautiful your photos are dishes look. you are truly talented! thank you for sharing.

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  20. I love simple fruity desserts. It's just perfect. And, I eat yogurt every afternoon. This is just up my alley. Thank you! xo

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  21. Can't imagine anything better to start my day with ! Creamy and crunchy ! Yum.

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  22. Love it! What a great idea with the yoghurt and berries, french toast is my favourite.

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  23. the berries and yogurt on top make this one heck of a gorgeous treat! i like the name and the basis for it, too--nice recipe, maria!

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  24. What an interesting name! I love this yogurt berry sauce... I can use it for everything and even eat it by itself... :-)

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  25. Hih, these must be "rikkaat ritarit", the rich knights ;) At least in our family they were called so, if you added whipped cream... a little luxury... Simply with jam they were called "köyhät ritarit", the poor knights... Anyway, both are good! Terveisiä kotimaasta :)

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