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.