Good morning! Cooking and baking can be very relaxing when you have time. Especially now when we spend more and more time at home, it can get boring. So I decided to bake Finnish national treats Karelian Pies and they turned out so delicious so I had to share a recipe here. In Finland many people don’t bake Karelian pies themselves because people find it difficult but I noticed that this is not true! I strongly recommend trying because they are so delicious fresh from the oven!

approximately 20 pies

Rice filling:
1 l whole milk
3 dl short grain rice
2 teaspoon salt

Dough:
2 ½ dl rye flour
1 dl wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ dl of water
1 tablespoon canola oil

To glaze:
melted salted butter

Heat the milk in a saucepan. Add rice and stir. Boil on low heat for about 20-30 minutes until the rice is almost cooked. Be careful not to burn it. Finally, add salt and set aside to cool. The porridge becomes firmer as it cools.

Mix flours and salt together. Add water and oil. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Roll the dough to about 2 cm thick and use a large cup to shape 20 pieces. Roll the pieces once again thinner. Use rye flour for rolling.

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Celsius or as hot as possible. The maximum heat in my oven was 275 degrees. Sprinkle rye flour on the baking tray. Do not use baking paper!

Once the rice porridge has cooled enough add 2-3 table spoons porridge in the middle of the dough piece. Leave 3 cm space around it. Then shape the pies gently using your fingers.

Bake the pies in the oven for about 11-13 minutes. Brush the pies with melted butter. Enjoy!

I like to enjoy Karelian pies straight from the oven with some cheese and cold cuts when they are warm and crispy. Stay healthy and do things you don’t usually have enough time for! Xoxo, Saara