New York has a lot of wonderful options for buying Finnish Rye Bread (Ruisleipä), right here in the city! A great company called Nordic Breads sells Finnish Rye Bread in retail stores here. I’ve actually purchased this bread when they were having a special promotion at Whole Foods, and the bread is pretty much exactly the same as I remember it tasting when I was living in Finland. Rye Bread is a staple of the Finnish diet, being whole grain, sustaining, and it can also be stored for many months without going bad, which makes it great for the long Finnish winters. Last year there was also a Green Market street fair in the Meatpacking District where Nordic Breads was selling their products. It was delicious. I sampled some of the Rye Bread and was instantly transported back to Helsinki! Rye Bread (Ruisleipä) is extremely healthy as it is whole grain. It also contains a lot of soluble fiber and is high in antioxidants. Nordic Breads uses 100% whole grain Rye which has a whole list of health benefits including preventing cardiovascular disease, colon and breast cancers, fighting diabetes and obesity. Maybe this is how the Finns stay so healthy? I’d recommend picking up some Finnish Rye Bread, or making your own. See recipe below!
This Finnish Rye Bread is truly delicious fresh out of the oven. Enjoy with butter and jam!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lightly grease a loaf pan with butter or Crisco.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flours and salt.
- Add buttermilk and eggs one at a time, softened unsalted butter, and molasses. Whisk slowly until a dough forms.
- Add fennel seeds if using.
- Knead for 5 minutes.
- Put dough in loaf pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until browned on top and it starts looking like bread!
- Cool on a wire rack.
Finnish Rye Bread (Ruisleipä) is a traditional Finnish food, commonly served as a breakfast food with coffee.
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I also recommend Bob’s Red Mill Dark Rye Flour. This is available at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
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