From “The rough guide to Finland”:

“Look out for karjalan piirakka – oval-shaped Karelian [a region in the east of Finland] pastries containing rice and mashed potato, served hot with a mixture of finely chopped hard-boiled egg and butter for around €2.”

On Saturday, Brigitte and I bought a bag of nine frozen piirakat (pies; plural) from our local S-market, and popped them in the oven in the communal kitchen on our floor (our apartment only has two hot plates). Twenty minutes later we were trying out our first piirakat – a lovely consistency but a bit bland. Brigitte preferred to top them with some jam, while I really enjoyed them with some cheese and sweet chili sauce – neither are probably traditional toppings! Anyhow, I’m looking forward to trying some real (i.e. not cooked from frozen) piirakat soon.


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