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Finnish Cabbage Rolls  

1 large head of cabbage
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups reserved boiling water
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon allspice
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups cooked pearl barley or cooked rice
1 cup dark corn syrup

Remove core from cabbage and place cabbage in boiling salted water in a large pot. Remove outer leaves as they become tender. Let cool. Reserve water.

In a bowl mix together cream, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup reserved water, 1 teaspoon salt, allspice, and ground beef. Add cooked barley or rice.

Place 1 or 2 tablespoons of mixture on each cabbage leaf Wrap the leaf around filling and tuck in ends. Place the cabbage rolls seam side down, in a buttered heavy casserole. Drizzle the corn syrup over the rolls. Brush lightly to distribute the syrup.

Cover and bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove cover and pour in 2 cups of boiling reserved water.. Reduce heat to 350° continue baking for 1 hour.

Makes 12-16 cabbage rolls.