Next week, Finland (and many other countries, for that matter) is celebrating May Day or vappu, as we call it in Finnish. I've written about this spring carnival before, here. This year I didn't make sima (mead) or doughnuts, but another traditional vappu treat, tippaleipä ('drop bread' also known as funnel cake). These pastries are actually much like deep-fried pancakes and not very sweet at all. They are relatively quick to make and end up being quite light despite being deep fried in oil. For someone like me, who is terrified of deep-frying and only ever makes (or eats) deep-fried anything once or twice a year, tippaleipä is an easy and safe option. A word of warning, however, these are as quick and easy to eat as they are to make!
Hauskaa vappua! Happy May Day!
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 pure ground vanilla or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
260g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 litre canola oil, for frying
icing sugar, for serving
1.Break the eggs in a bowl and whisk in the sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk into a smooth dough.
2. Heat oil in a pot and place a metal ring (or you can use a deep ladle) into the oil. Scoop the dough into a piping bag (you may have to work in two batches).
3. Once the oil is hot, pipe the dough into the ring making little figures of eight. Fry for a minute or two on each side, until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to soak the extra oil. Dust with icing sugar before serving.