I have an incredible weakness for good jam or marmalade, and every so often, I find that my cabinets and refrigerator have been completely overwhelmed by too many jars that I’ve stashed away. In times like these, jam cookies are my friend.

These pinwheel cookies are a version of a Finnish cookie called joulutorttu. The traditional joulutorttu have prune jam inside, but any thick marmalade or jam will work—not jelly though, as it’s too thin. Here, I’ve also upped the ante in the pastry: rye flour adds a bit more wheat-y oomph, and a dash of caraway seeds on top provide a crunch of spice. I experimented with a combination of different marmalades, ranging from an exotically tropical Meyer lemon-guava to a traditionally British Seville orange to an extra bitter grapefruit. All were delicious, and it goes to show that with a good marmalade or jam on hand, the possibilities, at least cookie-wise, are endless.

Rye and Marmalade Pinwheel Cookies
Makes 12-14 4″ cookies

Pastry

  • 1½ cups rye flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 cup  butter, cold
  • 1 tbsp flavor extract (vanilla, hazelnut, or almond)
  • 7 to 8 tbsp water, cold

Cookies

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 2 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup marmalade
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds

Note: these cookies are best the day they are made, but the unbaked and unshaped dough can be stored for up to 3 days before use.

  1. For the pastry: Combine the rye flour, all-purpose flour, and salt in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour until the size of small peas. Add the extract and mix briefly. Gradually add the water one tablespoon at a time until the dough holds together when pressed between two fingers. There should still be visible lumps of butter—do not overmix!
  2. Form the dough into a rectangle by kneading very briefly. Wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour, until firm.
  3. Once the dough is firm, roll it out into a large rectangle, about a ⅓″ thick. Fold the short ends over the middle in thirds to form three layers. Turn the dough by 90° and flip over. Repeat the previous steps twice more: roll to rectangle, fold in short ends, turn dough, and flip. Keep the dough cold as you work–if it begins to soften, return the dough to the refrigerator to chill until firm again. Once the rolling and turns are complete, wrap the dough and refrigerate again, about 30 minutes.
  4. For cookies: Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough until about ⅛″ thick. Cut out 4 x 4″ squares and slit each corner diagonally, ending about halfway to the center, like an “X” through the square without the lines meeting in the center. Or use a pinwheel-shaped cookie cutter. Place the squares on the baking sheets, allowing about 1-inch between each cookie. Return to the refrigerator to chill if the dough has softened.
  6. Whisk to combine the egg yolk and cream. Brush the squares with egg wash, and sprinkle lightly with turbinado sugar. Spoon about a teaspoon of marmalade in the center of each square. Fold a cut corner of the square into the center, pressing the pastry down firmly to make sure the corner sticks. Repeat with alternating corners to finish the pinwheel shape. Sprinkle lightly with caraway seeds.
  7. Bake one sheet at a time for 15 – 18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Keep the unbaked cookies chilled. Remove from the oven and let the tray and cookies cool completely on wire racks before removing the cookies.

{Recipe and Photos by Stephanie Shih for Anthology Magazine}

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Mother’s Day is exceptionally special for me this year, with a 14-month-old daughter at home. Being a mom myself casts a new light on the holiday, not just with respect to my own daughter, but also to my mother. What was about breakfast in bed and homemade cards when I was a kid now has added depth and sentiment. So I’ve been really looking forward to this new series that’s launching on our site today: Over the next several weeks, leading up to Mother’s Day, we’ll be sharing images from photographer Claudette Carracedo’s The Mother-Daughter Project.

“As photographers, our style and vision create the look and feel of a portrait,” explains Claudette. “The Mother-Daughter Project was a way of exploring how much of our personal history and biases affect a session. The idea was to provide a unified look using a single lighting system and backdrop, as well as a allow the participants to describe their relationship to each other as I photographed them. Ultimately, the goal was to create an authentic image that speaks to the uniqueness of each mother-daughter relationship.”

From Claudette: Two years ago Gaile’s mother, Ebie, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 58. Last year Gaile, a talented designer, and her team built a Laneway home for IDSWest. The Laneway home was auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.

From Claudette: I had the pleasure of photographing Adria’s wedding in 2010 and meeting her first child, Ayla, has been such a delight.

The subjects in Claudette’s photos include mothers and daughters who are current clients and collaborators; friends and family (among them, her own mother); and even classmates she hasn’t seen in over 20 years. I hope you’ll check back every Thursday between now and Mother’s Day for new installments highlighting The Mother-Daughter Project.

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Leah Ball

by Anh-Minh on April 17, 2014

Perhaps it’s because my childhood home was filled with greenery and my parents are avid gardeners—I’ve got a thing for hanging planters. The only problem? I am terrible at maintaining plants! Even succulents and air plants, which are supposed to be easy to keep, don’t survive in my care. But that doesn’t stop me from coveting planters—I just re-purpose them to hold other things. (They’re great for pens and pencils, as well as small office supplies like my stash of Post-Its and binder clips.)

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Leah Ball’s planters. I love the contrast between the marbled porcelain of the vessels and the natural rope. There’s a variety of hues, but my favorite is probably the blue-and-white combination (shown below)—although the black-and-green is a close second!

In addition to hanging planters, Leah makes dishes, cream-and-sugar sets, mugs, and tabletop planters. And she is a talented jewelry designer as well, as you can see from the cast metal collection sold in her shop. I was also thrilled to discover the “Portrait Series” section of her site; it includes a handful of short interviews with some fantastic creatives.

{ All images via Leah Ball’s Etsy shop }

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Sabatina Leccia Studio

by Alexis on April 16, 2014

I came across the work of Sabatina Leccia and was completely mesmerized. The combination of embroidery, staining, painting, and drawing results in compositions that feel spontaneous and organic. But the level of detail and work involved in all those hand-placed stitches and beads suggests anything but. I reached out to Sabatina to find out more about her process. Her words reflect the organic quality of her pieces: “I am not drawing what I’m going to do before the making in order to be completely free…” Sabatina uses her embroidery—which she views more as painting than a traditional decorative art—as an opportunity to meditate and reflect.

{ Images provided by Sabatina Leccia }

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Fashion’s beloved “It Girl,” Garance Doré recently collaborated with another favorite, Rifle Paper Co. Photographer, illustrator, and author, Garance’s whimsical aesthetic and refined sensibilities are a great addition to the world of specialty stationery. The collection features some really charming items, ranging from French-adorned cards to quirky notepads and pocket notebooks. Staying true to her first love, this collaboration also showcases Garance’s lively, evocative, and sweet fashion illustrations. As a stationery hoarder, it’s hard to pick a favorite!

{ Images via Garance Doré and Rifle Paper Co }

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