Learn more about the Nordic and Finnish specialties on Café Maa’s menu:

 

Korvapuusti:

Cinnamon buns are an important part of the café culture in all Nordic countries. Although the shape and the name of the pastry changes slightly from country to country, the Swedish Kanelbulle, the Norwegian Skillingsbolle and the Danish Kanelsnegle all share the same essential ingredients with the Finnish Korvapuusti: a soft brioche dough with cardamom, filled with cinnamon paste and often topped with nib sugar. 

For an authentic nordic break, order a cup of filter coffee with your korvapuusti!

 

karjalanpiirakka:

There’s no pastry more Finnish than the karjalanpiirakka (Karelian pie). Originally from the region of Karelia in the eastern part of Finland, it has now become a staple snack in the entire country. 

This popular pastry consists of a rye crust, filled with rice and topped with munavoi, a paste made with chopped eggs and butter. Its fabrication and its composition are protected by the Traditional speciality guaranteed label of the European Union. 

 

Rye bread:

Rye bread is so popular in Finland that it was voted the national culinary specialty in Finland in 2017, year of the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. Staple food in the Finnish households, it is consumed with all meals, spread with butter, topped with cheese, ham, vegetables, egg, or fish.

The iconic round rye bread is celebrated at Café Maa, where it is revisited by our chef Alexandra Marschan-Claude and served as a slice topped with typically Nordic flavours, including in a vegetarian and a vegan version.

 

Herring:

Herring is a common species in all seas of Finland. The coasts of the country are home to considerable schools of herring, making it a very popular fish among Finnish people. 

This typically Nordic fish can be preserved and consumed at all seasons, as well as prepared in various ways: smoked, fried, marinated, in a soup, in a salad… Marinated herring is a particularly festive meal and is enjoyed at Christmas, Easter or Midsummer celebrations.

Herring is traditionally served with potatoes and dill, a combination you will spot on Café Maa’s menu, as part of the kala plate or served with rye bread!