The absolutely best part of these cold, snowy, dark winters for me is coming up in just a couple of weeks, 'Laskiainen' in Finnish - Shrovetide. And it is my favorite because of this delicious pastry.
In Finland, Sweden and Norway, these pastries are part of the celebration. Cafes and bakeries sell them a couple weeks before Shrove Tuesday, but never after. They are a bit time consuming to make at home, but worth every minute of your time.
They are made with sweet yeast rolls, whipped cream, and almond paste or raspberry jam, depending on your region and taste buds.
Either way you go, you are in for a treat of the year, just in time for the Shrovetide, fasting before Easter.
FINNISH 'PULLA' / SWEET YEAST ROLL RECIPE