I am so excited to introduce Marlys from This and That. I have known Marlys for about a year now and have always loved not only her dishes, but her photography. She has such an interesting background too! She is part Finnish and is married to a man from Africa! Can you imagine the wonderful food that comes out of Marlys kitchen. Please welcome my friend Marlys.
Hi my name is Marlys from This and That and I am so happy to be able to be here on Feeding Big and More. Thank you Cynthia for letting me be part of your family here for a day.
I have had the privilege of being a guest blogger here and the last time I brought over an African recipe. This time I thought I would bring over a recipe from Finland. My mother’s parents are both Finnish and although we didn’t grow up in a Finnish household some of the Finnish traditions and foods have filter down through the years.
I know that a lot of people are scared to make bread, me included at times. This bread is easy and quick and needs no proofing the yeast, rising of the dough or kneading. Bread is a very important food in Finland. It is served for most meals, along with cheese, cold meats, tomatoes and often cucumbers.
Rieska (Finnish Soda Bread)
Rieska is unleavened bread made usually of barley flour. I do not have barley flour so I do use other flours in my bread. You could use a combination of the flour you have on hand. It is often served warm with butter and milk. It is good with a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s day or eaten with cold meats, cheese and tomatoes.
- 1 ½ cup white flour ( I use 1 cup white flour and ½ cup whole wheat flour)
- ¾ cup barley flour (I use ½ cup oatmeal and ¼ cup cracked wheat)
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 scant cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup buttermilk with ½ teaspoon baking soda
- In bowl add white flour, whole wheat flour, oatmeal, cracked wheat, baking powder and sugar.
- Cut in butter into dry ingredients using pastry cutter or two knives or your hands. Mix buttermilk with soda and add to dry ingredients.
- Mix until soft dough.
- Roll or pat dough onto a greased cookie sheet to about ½ inch thick.
- Bake in a hot oven, 450 degrees for 15 minutes until bread is brown.
- Let cool slightly, cut into pieces and enjoy with butter.
Bread is often served with cold meats, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and that you will take a few minutes to stop by and visit Marlys. You won’t be sorry.