Don’t you just love the world? It’s overflowing with amazing recipes from every corner. Take Finland for example: its cuisine is very earthy, vibrant, rich in wild flavours… definitely one I want to experience furthermore. My friend Aleksi requested a very traditional sweet recipe: the Karelian Pasties. These sweets are rice puddings encased in a rye crust shell. They are amazing at any time of the day but my little twist on them make them perfect for breakfast.
- 1 cup risotto rice (or any short grain rice)
- 1 lt whole milk
- 3 pinches of sugar
- 1.5 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups rye flour
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 3-4 tablespoons of crushed wholenuts
You will need
- 1 pot, 1 glass or 1 circular cookie cutter, 1 bowl,
- 1 rolling pin, 1 wooden spoon, 1 brush, 1 knife
In a pot add the rice and the milk along with three pinches of sugar and one of salt. You could add flavourings to your liking or keep the rice pudding simple. As soon as it boils, turn down the heat to a very slow simmer for about 20 minutes. When the rice is cooked, cover with a lid and set aside.
To prepare the dough, in a bowl mix the rye and wheat flour with one teaspoon of salt and a cup of water. Keep working it on a surface lightly dusted with rye flour until the dough gets soft, smooth and thick.
Flatten it and cut out small discs (I used a glass). Lightly flour their top and let them rest under a bowl to prevent them from drying. Roll each one as thin as you can until you get a rough oval shape.
Place one or two spoonfuls of rice pudding in the middle of the pasty and spread into an oval shape as well. Fold the long sides towards the centre leaving a small space in the middle. Crimp the pasty by pinching the edge of each side between your thumb and index finger.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 275°C – 527°F for about 10 minutes. As soon as they get out of the oven brush them with plenty melted butter. The golden brown rye crust will soak in the butter but your fingers won’t get sticky, perfect for a snack on the run.
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