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Karelian Pastries

I was introduced to these delicious traditional Finnish pies a few years ago when we enjoyed a traditional Finnish Christmas Eve feast at our friends’ Ulla and Kurt’s home in Canberra. They are just as yummy cold as they are warm and especially good with the chopped hard boiled egg butter. Now thanks to our Finnish connections we get to enjoy these Karelian pastries at least once or twice a year but I haven’t had the recipe until now. And so now I know that it’s the involvement of a lot of butter that makes them so delicious, Thanks http://www.londoneats.wordpress.com

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These curious looking little fellows are one of Finland’s oldest dishes, called Karelian pies (Karjalanpiirakat) – simple savoury rice pies in a rye crust.

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Now, when it comes to pies, there is a lot of competition out there. Dozens of different cheeses, delicious vegetables and exotic and interesting spices to tempt the hungry. In such a competitive field, you might think that something that sounds as boring as “savoury rice pies” might not be a winner. But trust me on this one – I’ve had them in Finland and loved them, and the were equally delicious when I made them back home. Think of this as two types of carbs, baked with butter – now if you were in Finland and there was three feet of snow outside, you’d probably be in the mood for that sort of thing!

So what makes them so good? The fact they are…

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Born in South Africa, of Indian heritage. My family moved to Australia in the early 80's. I have a busy professional career as the CEO of a medium sized philanthropic Foundation based in Sydney. I love cooking, learning to cook, eating and travel. My blog Freespiritfood.net is written in the spirit of sharing my foodie adventures.

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