Cookbook:Karelian Pasties (Karjalanpiirakat)

Karelian Pasties (Karjalanpiirakat)
Category Pastry recipes
Servings 20 pastries

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Cuisine of Finland

Karjalanpiirakka, made by Leipomo Eho (a bakery in Helsinki)

Karelian pasties (Karjalanpiirakat in Finnish) are traditional pasties from North Karelia, Finland. Today they are eaten throughout Finland. According to the traditional recipe the pasties are made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (munavoi), is spread over the hot pasties before eating.

There are also versions with carrot or potato filling.




  • 200 ml cold water
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 350 ml rye flour
  • 150 ml wheat flour


Egg-butter spread (munavoi)Edit



  1. Mix the rice into the boiling water. Boil until the water has saturated the rice.
  2. Add the milk, and stir the filling for a few minutes. Reduce heat and agitate the porridge. Cook for about 40 minutes. Stir the porridge every now and then. When the porridge is ready, it will seem thick.
  3. Mix in the salt, and cool the porridge.


  1. Mix the flours and salt into the cold water.
  2. Knead the dough until smooth and pliable.
  3. Shape the dough into a block, and divide it into about twenty pieces.
  4. Roll the pieces into balls, flatten them into small discs, and cover them with plastic.
  5. Roll the discs into thin circles, approximately 17 cm in diameter.


  1. Spread some of the rice pudding in an oblong shape on each dough circle.
  2. Crimp the edges together with your fingers to make a crust.
  3. Bake the pasties at about 250-300˚C for about 15 minutes, until the crust is browned.


  1. Heat the butter and milk together until the butter is melted.
  2. Brush the pasties with hot milk and butter.
  3. Lay the pasties on each other and brew them under a towel and bacon paper.
  4. Beat together the munavoi ingredients, and use it as butter on the pasties.