Rieska: Traditional Finnish Flat Bread

Photo by Maria Laitinen

Photo by Maria Laitinen

Think of a cross between your favourite butter biscuit and a (very) hearty bread. Rieska is an age-old Finnish recipe that is traditionally made with oats, barely or potato. The ingredients make this meal accompaniment naturally rich in flavour and fibres. In Finland, it's not uncommon to see this bread in various shapes and sizes on the table alongside any meal.

300g (1 1/2 cup) mashed organic potato, cooled

100g (3/4 cup) org. whole spelt flour or barley flour

1 large organic egg

pinch of salt

Begin by preheating your oven to 220C/428F. Mix all your ingredients into a bowl and divide the dough into four portions. Place each ball of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each portion into a round disk; about 1.5cm/.6 inches thick. Prick the bread with the tip of a fork and bake for 15 minutes, until the bread reaches a pale golden colour. When ready, remove and serve warm. Rieska pairs well with butter, milk, cheeses and traditional Nordic salt-cured salmon (gravlax).

Photo by Maria Laitinen