Sunday, May 10, 2009

Karjalan Piirakka/Karelian Pie

A traditional Karelian food item, now enjoyed all over Finland. The crust is typically 50% rye flour. To be considered a Karelian Pie, the filling must be of short-grain rice, potatoe, or barley. There are similar pastries with less rye flour in the crust, and some with a carrot filling. The traditional condiment for Karelian Pies is munavoi, a mixture of hard-boiled eggs and butter.

Karjalan Piirakka recipe here.

Although occasionally the subject of crude humor due to its appearance, the Karjalan Piirakka is an excellent example of tasty, traditional Finnish cuisine.


  1. I think I know what you mean by "subject to humour"...

  2. I do Love Piirakka!!!! My favourite Finnish Food! Or almost... Gonna make them this week end here in Italy!