This is very good served with Hapankaalikeitto (Finnish Sauerkraut Soup). This recipe calls for a rice filling, but other traditional fillings include mashed potatoes, meat, fish, and cheese. Posted for Zaar World Tour 05
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup rye flour
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 pinch fresh ground white pepper (optional)
- 1 pinch ground ginger (optional)
- For the Filling:.
- In a saucepan combine the water and rice. Bring to a boil.
- Stir, cover, and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the milk, cover, and continue cooking until the milk is completely absorbed and the rice is soft and creamy.
- Preheat oven to 450°F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- For the Pastry:
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the water, salt, and rye and white flours to make a stiff dough.
- Shape the dough into a log and cut into 16 portions and shape each into a round.
- On a lightly floured board, roll out each round into a 6-inch circle.
- Spread about 3 tablespoons of filling evenly on each round.
- Fold two opposite edges of the pastry over the filling and crimp the edges of the dough toward the center to make an oval-shaped pastry, allowing about 1/2-inch of the crust to overlay the filling and leaving the center of the filling exposed.
- Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter and hot milk and brush on the pastries.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, brushing once during baking, until the pastries are golden on the edges.
- Remove from the oven and brush again.
- For the Egg Butter:.
- In a small bowl, cream the butter. Stir in the eggs.
- Season with the white pepper and ground ginger, if desired.
- Yield: 1 cup.
- Cool the pastries and serve with the egg butter at room temperature.