Juustoleipä, Finnish for "bread-cheese"is a bizarre and mysterious coffee-dipping phenomenon popular in Finland and some parts of Norway, not to mention quite a mouthful. It is cubed or sliced into biscotti-esque strips, and has a buttery, squeaky consistency, and is traditionally made from reindeer milk.
To be honest, all I've ever dipped in coffee is a donut. But I intend to find and try this stuff... I wonder where I can buy it.Look at it. It looks like a freaking cube of tofu. Or flan. I like flan, but I'm not a huge fan of tofu... I wonder if it jiggles...
Anyway, if I manage to get my hands on the stuff, I'll definitely let you know what I think.
I wonder what reindeer milk tastes like. How do you think it steams?... Do they make reindeer milk lattes in Finland? They should.
Phyllis, from a blog called Me Hungry describes the cheese as having "a mild buttery flavor, similar to mozzerella but a bit saltier." Similarly, some Ethiopians take their coffee with salt, as you should know from my previous post. I hope you're taking notes because there's going to be a quiz.
Except, Ethiopians who take their coffee with salt abstain from adding cream and sugar, unlike the Finnish who find the bread cheese goes best with a sweet, creamy cup of coffee.
Interestingly, Phyllis suggests cubing the stuff and then sautéing it enough to brown each side until the middle gets melty and it looks like a mini-pancake. Best topped with jam, honey & walnuts or maple syrup.