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A taste of Lapland - Part 1.

Have you tried or ever made some of Lapland’s delicacies? The pure flavours and simplicity of Lapland can be seen and tasted in its delicacies mentioned below. Make them yourself or enjoy them in local cafés and restaurants.

Lapland’s traditional delicacy kampanisu

Kampanisu is a traditional northern pastry that is worth trying when visiting Levi. Every baker’s recipe is slightly different, and the pastry has a flavour all of its own. Sugar is usually
sprinkled on top of the kampanisu, although it is also available without sugar
on top. The traditional northern pastry, kampanisu, typically comes as is
without any fillings.

The kampanisu are on sale in shops and cafes in the local area, and the recipe
is easy, so you can even make them yourself.

  • 250 g of butter

  • 500 ml sour cream or buttermilk

  • 250 g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • about 1/2 kg of wheat flour, or as needed.

Melt the butter, add the caster sugar, sour cream, and baking soda, stir, but do not stir too much.

Add enough wheat flour so that it makes the mixture loose enough to make it scrape off the bowl easily.

Roll the dough out into a sheet so that the dough is about 2cm thick, cut the sheet into pieces of around 10cm x 5cm and make some cuts along one side to make it look like a hair comb.

Bend the dough a little in the middle of each one to separate the hair comb teeth while the kampanisu are on the baking tray still.

Bake in the oven at around 225-250 degrees Celsius until they turn a beautiful brown colour.

Finnish squeaky cheese, leipäjuusto, simmers in the cream

An easy, oven-basked version of leipäjuusto, just melts in your mouth!

In Lapland and the Swedish Tornio River Valley, leipäjuusto is called ‘kahvijuusto’ (coffee cheese) and ‘kaffeost’ in Swedish. In the Sámi language, leipäjuusto is ‘gáffevuostá’ (coffee
cheese). In the past, leipäjuusto was made from reindeer milk in Lapland.

  • 200 g Lappish leipäjuusto/kahvijuusto

  • 100 ml cream

  • about 100 g of cloudberry jam

Cut the cheese into sections in an oven-proof dish, pour in the cream. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes until the cheese is slightly warm. Serve with cloudberry jam.

This delicacy can also be made in the hut or by the open fire if you have a pan on hand. Put the leipäjuusto and cream in a pan and put the pan over the fire. Let it simmer in until the cheese is soft. Add some cloudberry jam and eat it right out of the pan!