Many have praised a butterdough made with quark, so I decided to give it a go. Very simple to do, but the result, well... Everyone said that these will taste better and of course have less fat, yeah maybe they do that but the consistency really was not as a joulutorttu should be. First of all, despite the baking powder the dough really does not rise, and joulutorttu should be puffy. The dough burns quite easily (because of the quark, I've heard), so it was difficult to get the dough cooked before the ends of the stars started to burn. I actually think that this dough is better off for savoury filled pastries (which I also did, and the dough worked way better in those).
I forgot my camera in Finland, so I have no pictures of these to show you. Maybe better that way, because the result was, hmmm, somewhat pitiful and nobody wants to see them. The taste is ok, but the looks ruined the whole thing.
Anyway, here is the recipe:
Joulutorttu made of quarkbutterdough
250 g quark
250 g butter or margarine
4 dl wheat flour
Cut the rolled-out dough into rectangles and make small diagonal cuts in each corner. Put some plumjam into the middle and turn every other corner in the middle, squeeze them together so they won't open. (You can also turn the corners first and then add the plum, this way it definitely won't open in the oven). You can also make other forms but the star is the most popular.
Haahaa!!! The Google Translator version of the Wikipedias article on joulutorttu can be read here. :D :D :D Oh my, WHERE do they get the translations from? Mince pie???? What the heck has this to do with mince?!?! :D