Sweetened Potato Casserole (Imelletty Perunalaatikko)

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

The traditional way of making one of the Finnish Christmas staples. Flour is added to warm, mashed potatoes and the mixture left to stand in a warm place for several hours. The amylase in the flour begins to break down the potato starch into sugars, sweetening the dish. Now, try as I might, I can never get it to work well enough and have to resort to the modern way of adding treacle!! So, I'm listing it as an optional ingredient!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Brush potatoes clean and place in a pot. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes and cook until done.
  2. Pour off water and wait for the moisture to evaporate. Once they feel dry, peel and mash hot potatoes. Add flour, mix, and let the mixture stand in a warm place (around 50 C - not a lot warmer than that or the process will be stopped) for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  4. Melt butter. Heat milk. Add melted butter and warm milk into the potato mixture, along with salt and nutmeg. Mix well.
  5. Taste the casserole and if it's not as sweet as you would like, add treacle to taste and mix.
  6. Pour into greased oven dishes. Only fill the dishes half full as the casserole will bubble and rise a lot in the oven.
  7. Drizzle some treacle on top of each casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for 2-3 hours.
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Wow! I have no idea if this is like the Finnish potato casserole! I made as directed, and added a tablespoon of molasses, which I think is the same as treacle. I probably didn't need to, as this is very sweet. I've never had a potato casserole like it before. Delicious and festive! Thanks, stormylee! Made for PAC Fall 2009.