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Finnish Potato Flat Bread - Perunarieska

My mom sent me a cookie recipe book in the mail this week and it talks about the origin of certain cookies which lead me to intrigued by Scandinavian food history. One thing led to another and I was in the kitchen the past few days cooking up some Finnish treats that I found. If you follow me on Pinterest then you have already saw my little obsession. This is pretty normal for me. I am intrigued by food history and I always want to try my hand at it. The history and memories are what has always drawn me to food after all.

Perunarieska is a small flat round that reminds me of a mix between a cracker and bread. They are so delicious and definitely a new recipe that I am glad I found. They are perfect alongside Finnish soup (which I will tell you about tomorrow). I ground my own oats by adding some rolling oats in the food processor and making them finer. I did not want a big chunk in the bread. This is also great to use up leftover mashed potatoes that you may have.

1 cup mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup ground oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (more if needed)
1/2 teaspoon sunflower oil, for brushing tops

1. Pre-heat oven to 450F. In a mixing bowl add mashed potatoes, salt, egg and oats. Mix well. Add a little bit of flour at a time until a smooth dough like consistency has formed.

2. Divide dough into 4 even rounds. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper. Make each ball into a thin round (about 3-1/2-4 inches). Lay on baking sheet and poke holes all over tops with a fork. Carefully brush a small amount of oil on the tops.

3. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Yields: 4


  1. newrhythms-kate12/25/2012

    mashallah it looks delicious... shame I can't get oats here

    1. What country do you live in? You all do not get instant oatmeal? Well, you could use rye as well if you have that if not just use all ap flour :)

  • Asmaa12/26/2012

    salam alaikum sis,

    mashaAllah these look so tasty and i like the curvy shape around the edges, im sure they go down well with soup or some cheese.

    Must pin and make soon.

    1. The edges just kind of do that in the oven. Yes they were super good now I only wish I had more I was thinking of making more today.

  • Laylah12/26/2012

    Awesome Noor! I have been making traditional Finnish foods the past few days for christmas! I've never made perunarieska :) Looks fabulous, this is something I always eat in Finland though I didn't realize it would be so simple to make :) When are you going to make pulla?
    I will post pics of the foods I made on my blog within few days so you can check out those :)

    1. I really love these a lot they are a new favorite. I would love for a real Finnish gal to show me some real recipes inshAllah. Yes, they are simple actually I want to make pulla but it looks like so much work hehe.