Karelian pie or Karjalanpiiraka

★★★★★ l "A pure delight! We find ourselves in Finland while eating these piiraka! A big thank you for this recipe"

Karjalanpiiraka, or piiraka or Karelian pies are a must in Finnish cuisine. And if you go to Finland one day, you will see them in every supermarket! Very simple to prepare, these pies are a perfect accompaniment to salmon soup, lohikeitto.

Information on the recipe for karjalanpiiraka

20 karjalanpiiraka

Number of karjalanpiiraka

30 minutes

Preparation time

0 hour

Resting time

12 minutes

Baking time

Ingredients for making Karelian pies, karjalanpiiraka

  • riz


    rice pudding

  • lait


    whole milk

  • farine


    rye flour

  • farine


    wheat flour

  • water



  • huile

    1 tablespoon


  • oeuf



  • butter


    soft butter

Steps to prepare karjalanpiiraka

ingredients karjalanpiiraka

Step 1: Prepare the rice pudding

To prepare the rice pudding, bring the milk to a simmer and then add the rice. Let the rice cook until the mixture is thick and the rice is cooked. About 20 minutes on high heat and with a lid.

Be careful when cooking, the rice pudding easily boils over! So keep an eye on it at all times.

preparation of rice pudding

Step 2: Prepare the piiraka dough

Heat your oven to 250°.

In your food processor, add the rye flour, wheat flour, water, oil and a pinch of salt. Then start kneading (the dough forms very quickly, 2 minutes of kneading are enough).

For people who don't have a food processor, you can make your dough mixture very simply in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

preparation of piiraka dough

Step 3: Roll out the piiraka dough

Remember to flour your work surface well because the dough will stick a little. Then roll out the dough to a thickness of 3mm.

piiraka dough

Step 4 : Hoop the dough

Take a round cookie cutter of about 7cm and shape the dough into discs.

Then, roll out each circle into an oval of about 14cm by 17cm.

circle of dough

Step 5: Filling the dough

Place the rice pudding filling in the center of each oval, leaving a 1cm margin on the sides to fold them over.

rice pudding filling

Step 6: Form the karjalanpiiraka

Now we come to the most complex part of this recipe. You have to shape the karjalanpiiraka.

To do this, start at the bottom of your oval and, with both hands, take the dough and pinch it over the rice pudding. Continue this way for the whole oval.

I suggest you watch my video at the beginning of the recipe to succeed in this part.


Step 7: Baking

Once your karjalanpiiraka are formed, place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.

Bake them at 250° for 12 minutes.

I advise you to put aluminum foil on your piiraka after 8 minutes of cooking. This will allow them to continue baking without burning.


Step 8: Preparing the munavoi

⭐️ Tip: Enjoy your karjalanpiiraka like in Finland with munavoi, a spread made of butter and crushed eggs.

To do this, harden 2 eggs and remove their shells. Separate the whites from the yolks and mix the yolks with the soft butter. Take half of the egg whites and crush them with the butter/yolk mixture. Finally, cut the remaining egg whites into small cubes and gently fold them into the mixture.

Your munavoi is ready!


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