Potato-Mushroom Rieska

May 10, 2017

Rieska is one of the traditional breads of Finland. These little breads are usually made from barley, but this time I used wheat flour. I also put some wild mushrooms in my rieska dough, because I love to walk in the forest and hunt wild mushrooms. My freezer is still full of them and the next autumn and heaps of new mushrooms are nearer than I want to admit in May. 

Smetana is one of the sour cream products widely used in Central and Eastern Europe. It is similar to crème fraîche (28% fat), which is a good substitute for smetana, but take notice, that the lighter sour creams sold in the US contain only 12 to 16% butterfat.

10 – 12 pcs.

2 potatoes (300 g)
120 g smetana
1,5 dl (0,75 cup, US) wild mushrooms, cooked and chopped
1 tsp salt
5 leaves of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tsp baking powder
4 dl (250 g) coarse wheat flour

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm. Peel and grate the potatoes.

Stir all the ingredients together. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape it into 10 or 12 thin, round breads. Line two baking trays with parchment papers and place the rieskas on them.

Preheat the oven to 250°C. Bake for 15 minutes.

Enjoy the rieskas while still warm with a touch of butter.

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