Karjalan-piirakka / Karelia´s pie
Updated: Sep 2
Karjalanpiirakka or Karelia’s pie is a Finnish national delicacy food, and its origin dates back to the years 1600-1700 in Eastern Finland; the historical region of Karelia. These delicious pastries usually have small open-oval shapes; the crust is often made with rye flour and filled with a puree of rice or barley, mashed potatoes, or carrots. These pies are very popular and favorite for people of all ages, Finns, and foreigners. They are suitable for everyday use such as snacks, parties, side dish, or accompanied with the meal. They are available in a large variety in almost all food stores as fresh or frozen.
The oldest tradition of Karelia’s pie had thin rye crust, but in some areas of Karelia, the crust in the recipe also contained some wheat for obtaining better baking results. The filling has been originally puree of barley or flour of talkkuna (consists of barley, rye, oat, and pea). However, other grains and vegetables were later introduced, such as rice, millet, buckwheat, potatoes, carrots, swede, turnips, stewed cabbage, and mushrooms as well.