November 21, 2010

Finnish Potato Flat Bread


One of my favourite things to have in Finland used to be my granny's "rieska", which is a Finnish flat bread made with oat, barley or potato. Granny would bake the bread in her giant wood-fired oven and it was the best thing to have with 'gravlax' (salt cured salmon). I am looking forward to baking and having this bread again when I go to Finland for Christmas.

This time I had bought some smoked salmon and of course felt like having it with rieska. I knew I would have to keep it simple so I made this potato version of the bread and we ate them warm with the salmon and some fresh dill. Delicious!


Finnish Potato Flat Bread

300g mashed potato, cooled*
100g whole spelt flour
1 large free-range egg
pinch of salt

* You can use left-over mashed potato. If you make a new batch, use some milk to loosen and moisturise the mixture.

Preheat oven to 220C. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and divide the dough into 4 portions. Place the portions on a baking tray lined with baking paper and flatten each portion with flour dusted fingers into round disks. Prick the breads with a fork and bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm with butter, smoked salmon and fresh dill.

Enjoy!

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54 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to trying this. Gravlax and anything made with potatoes will make me very happy!

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    1. I really want to try this but, don't understand the measurements...300g 100g "Spelt"? flour, free range egg. Would that be 3c.mash potato 1c.flour & 1 egg ?

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    2. Hi,

      Please refer to this website to converse the measurements

      http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking#subs

      Maria

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    3. From one Anonymous to another - "g" is short for gram. It is a unit of weight measurement popular in places other than the US. You should look into it, as it's quite handy. Spelt, too, is a real thing. Let me Google that for you...

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  2. I am sure ur grandma will be very proud of you. this looks super delish! YUM!

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  3. How I wish I had my own wood fired oven like your granny, I would make so many pizzas!!

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  4. OMG every time i look at your blog posts it makes me wish i was living in the same household as you. we must have another catch up soon :-)

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  5. Is it wrong to think this would be nice with a chilled glass of white wine?

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  6. I can hear the crunch of this as I look upon it. Perfect with some salmon... I'm glad I have some in my fridge right now to satiate my now-hungry stomach.

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  7. I love easy recipes like this! Thank you! :)

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  8. I love flatbreads- especially how they're so easy to make! I've never heard of this before, but it looks delicious! I'll have to try this next time I have potatoes in the house.....

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  9. We've just been to a Finnish fair yesterday (blog will be up tomorrow!) and so we're stuck on all things Finnish. This potato flat bread sounds DELISH. Pity Panu is so anti carbs otherwise I would totally make it!!

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  10. I have never made a flatbread. Yours looks delicious, especially paired with the salmon. I can just imagine the taste!

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  11. Looks really tempting. I was looking forward to try potato flat bread but didn't had a recipe to count on. and now I do :) Hope to make it really soon.

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  12. Looks gorgeous! Gotta try this.

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  13. Gosh, I absolutely love the look of this. Beautifully done daaahling!
    *kisses* HH

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  14. I Love this. Looks like the perfect accompaniment to the salmon. So gorgeous and perfect making your own bread!

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  15. I love the simplicity of this recipe! Looks delicious with the salmon!

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  16. Ohh I love potato and this potato flatbread looks so easy and simple to make. Aww your Granny sounds sweet =)

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  17. I love potato bread, but have never seen it like this before! Flat breads are one of the latest staples in my house, and I can only imagine how fantastic this would be. Granny recipes are the best...thanks for sharing :)

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  18. The flat bread looks similar to our Indian chapattis. Lovely clicks.

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  19. This is very similar to a recipe for potato cakes I found in my 4 ingredients cookbook only theirs was pan fried and this probably has more flour to give it a bread like quality. Looking forward to trying this and I'm addicted to smoked salmon at the moment! Yum!

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  20. I'll take just about any excuse to eat smoked salmon and this looks delicious!

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  21. I think I've heard the word 'rieska' before, but never had any idea what it was other than something edible. I wouldn't have guessed a potato flatbread, that's for sure! Looks intriguing and sounds even more delicious. We might have to try this sometime instead of potato pancakes.

    Cheers and thanks for introducing me to something new,

    *Heather*

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  22. What a great idea, make my own flat bread, thanks so much for your recipe.

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  23. This bread looks wonderful, especially topped with salmon and dill!

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  24. Wow, potato flat bread...never had it...the bread sure looks so good...and the salmon on it, makes even yummier :-)

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  25. It looks so simple. I was expecting a very elaborate recipe but it's so simple. I also love smoked salmon.

    ps. have so much fun in Finland!

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  26. Ooh you're going home to Finland for Christmas? How exciting! Will you post while you are there? :D

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  27. I can't believe how easy this sounds. And the results are so impressive. Perfect accompaniment for a holiday party. Happy holidays to you! ;)

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  28. these flatbreads look great. i'm sure jonas will just love them! i'll have to attempt them soon.

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  29. Lovely rieska! And lovely blog! I love home-made breads (I make bread every day...) and this is a nice recipe.
    Ciao,

    Sabrine

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  30. This sounds great, I'll have to try it. I love that you use Spelt flour in your recipes. I haven't brought myself to pay what it's worth yet!

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  31. Such fantastic photography. Love the lighting, the depth of focus, the styling. I'm tasting the finished/Finnish product in my mind even before I get home tonight to make it for our anniversary. Kiitos!

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  32. You can always replace the spelt flour with barley flour. Works a treat!

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  33. Thank yoy so much! I like it :)
    http://shabunia.blogspot.com/2011/05/blog-post_05.html

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  34. Another of my 'Finnish loves' ...but never tastes quite the same :(

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  35. Really happy to have found your blog. I'm of Finnish descent and am interested in learning about Finnish food and culture. :)

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  36. Little question: should the mashed potatoes used in this recipe be leftover mashed potatoes made the usual way with butter, milk, and so on? Or plain, cooked, cold potatoes, mashed-up?

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    2. Thank you for your comment!

      If you use left-over mashed potato, that's fine. But if you make the mashed potato from scratch, add a dash of milk to loosen the mixture.

      Maria

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  37. I made these yesterday and they are amazing!! As suggested, I served with butter, smoked salmon & dill - food heaven. I also added a nice salad with peas, radishes and mixed leaves dressed with a yoghurt-based dressing. Love Scandi Foodie!

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  38. Spelt flour - I just bought 10 kg for the next 6 months :) Gonna make this despite having no gravlax at home. At all. Kids would not eat it :(

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  39. Finally made it! Doubled all ingredients, for my family...... This is so tasty, so different from other flat breads...... We really love it! And I keep my eyes on your blog. And, if you don't mind, I put the recepie on to my blog, in Hungarian, to spread the good news :) Thanks again.

    Gergely

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  40. Great recipe - thanks for sharing - just passing to my hungarian fellows on my blog, with respect to the original. Thanks.

    http://beastie-bistro.blogspot.com/2012/02/finn-lapos-krumplis-kenyer-lepeny.html

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  41. Where can I buy Spelt Flour....is it available in most regular supermarkets?

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  42. In Australia spelt flour is available at Woolworths (Macro brand) and all natural food stores.

    Thanks!

    Maria

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  43. Hi Maria! This looks utterly divine, I may have to attempt it tonight. It's the perfect weather for some simple but delicious fare in the UK :) I was wondering whether the measurement of 300g is for 300g of raw potato, or whether it was for 300g of potato after it had been boiled and mashed. Thought I'd check as I don't know whether raw and cooked potato weigh the same (1 for 1, that is - whether 1 raw potato would weigh the same as 1 cooked potato). :)

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    1. Hello!

      Yes, it's 300g cooked and mashed.

      Good luck!

      Maria

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  44. i just made this (with sweet potato instead), it was delicious and so simple!

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  45. i just wanted to come here and tell you that after finding this on pinterest last night, i made these today. HOLY COW. amazing. i live in the middle of nowhere here in ireland and couldn't find spelt flour anywhere local so i improvised and used wholemeal wheat flour instead and they were still delicious. thank you soooooo much!!!! x

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    1. Yay, so happy to hear! Thank you! x

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  46. Hi Maria, I tried your potato flatbread. Delicious and healthy. I liked them best when they were freshly made. The only problem was that I didn't have any smoked salmon to eat them with so I'll have to get some and make them again. Thanks for the recipe.

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  47. I made rieska today, it's great with garlic sauce and smoked salmon. Great recipe, thanks a lot

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