12,000 PĪRĀGI AND COUNTING – HOW THE LATVIAN CENTRE IS ROLLING THEM OUT BY THE DOZEN
The smell of freshly-baked pīrāgi (bacon and onion pastries) is at the heart of every traditional Latvian feast. With major celebrations such as Mother’s day and Jāņi approaching, make sure that you serve a little piece of Latvia to your loved ones!
Our pīrāgi have become a staple in the Toronto Latvian community. Last year from April to December we baked a thousand dozens – or 12,000 – of these traditional delicacies. On average, that comes out to 1,500 every month, with many more during the Christmas season.
Pīrāgi, pīrādziņi or speķrauši – there are different names to these crescent-shaped Latvian delicacies. Each Latvian family has their unique recipe for the dish, and so do we at the Latvian Centre in Toronto. For many years, we have been using our heritage recipe and lovingly baked these hearty pastries that are a must-have for a truly Latvian family celebration.
We also bake rye bread (rupjmaize) and sweet and sour bread (saldskābmaize) – cherished and missed by every Latvian far away from home. Many loaves of Latvian bread see the light of day every month in the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre’s kitchen.
Our pīrāgi and bread are sold frozen, so that you can reheat them whenever you want them warm for your special occasion, with the fragrance filling your home. These goodies can be purchased at the Latvian Centre’s Letts Shop 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday to Friday. You can contact us to place an order in advance (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or shop online at www.lettsshop.org.