This Finnish Rice Filled Pastry Recipe (Piirakkat) is very popular among the Finnish locals in Helsinki. It is found in nearly all the open air markets, including the Helsinki railway station, as well as the other major cafes. It can be made using a few simple steps in your own kitchen! This recipe is traditionally made with a dark rye flour as the crust, but can also be made using white flour, which is a little more mild tasting. This recipe is a little on the difficult side, particularly if you haven’t made it before, so try to be patient with yourself, especially when creating the pies with the dough. It’s important to take a look at the average size of each pastry, and the oval shaped and pinched corners of the dough.
Piirakat are one of the best Finnish delicacies to try making in your own kitchen! Creamy and filling.
- For the crust, mix the flour and shortening together, and add 1 cup cold water.
- Knead dough until pliable, then chill overnight.
- Start by making the filling- make the white rice ahead of time, and then add milk to it in a large saucepan until it starts to thicken (takes about 1 hour).
- Add butter and salt.
- Stir and let cook until very thick.
- When you are ready to bake, roll out dough into oval/oblong pieces, then add a spoonful or two of rice mixture to the dough, then pinch dough around each to form a shell shape.
- Some of the filling should show from the middle of each pie.
- Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
- After baking, brush some melted butter on top of each pie.
- Serve and enjoy!
This recipe for Finnish Rice filled pastries, is comforting and delicious. A delicate balance of creamy rice and crunchy pastry.
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