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Monday, March 7, 2011

Potato flat bread--peruna rieska

We needed some fresh bread to go with the hot dog soup yesterday, so I made potato flat bread.  This is a great bread to make if you have leftover mashed potatoes, like we did.

I used: 

2 cups mashed potatoes (5 dl)
4 Tablespoons butter, melted (about 50 g)
1 1/4 cups of flour (3 dl)
1/4 cup of rye flakes

No trick to making these, I just mixed everything well in a bowl.  For variation, you could substitute whole wheat flour.  You could also trade out the rye flakes for other grains such as oatmeal or cracked wheat, or just omit them and add a little extra flour.

The dough was very sticky, but I sprinkled it with extra flour and used about 1/3 of the dough to make a thin round on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

I used a fork to make a criss-cross design on the bread, and baked it at 450 F (250 C) for about 20 minutes, on the bottom rack of the oven.

Cut in wedges and enjoy it while it is warm!  


  1. What's the consistency like on this? I assume it's more cracker-like and less bread-like?

  2. Thanks for the comment, John. Like rieska bread in general, this bread is more of a flatbread. Think pita, but softer. Or tortilla but thicker. It would make a great wrap!

    There are a lot of good Finnish/scandinavian cracker recipes, I could make some to post if you are interested. I don't currently have the specialized rolling pins to make the texture on the crackers, I need to come up with a substitute.

  3. I've never made cracker-like things before. I'm not much of a baker. Other cooking aspects of cooking, yeah, but I never got much into baking. I'm willing to give it a shot though.

  4. John, if you want a really easy bread to start with, try this barley bread, it couldn't be easier:

    It is a soft, hearty bread, and so easy to make. All you need is a cake pan and a few ingredients. It was really delicious.

  5. Would I be able just to use all purpose flour its the only one I have.

  6. My mother made Finnish Flat Bread all the time and every recipe I've looked at, it doesn't look my moms at all. It's way too flat. Moms was a flattened loaf which you sliced and put whatever you wanted on. It was probably 2 inches high by a foot long and it was kind of oval shaped. It was sooo good!

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