Fishermen and lumbermen in Finland often took these pastries for lunch. They may be filled with the rice pudding filling or even mashed potatoes.
Ingredients for Karjalanpiirakat
3/4 cup water
1½ teaspoons salt
1¼ cups rye flour
3/4 cup white flour
Rice Pudding Filling
3 tablespoons melted butter
Recipe preparation for Karjalanpiirakat
Combine the water, salt and flours in a large bowl. Mix well until a smooth dough forms. Shape the dough into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Cut into 20 equal portions. Shape the portions into flat cakes and roll out to a thin circle. Set aside, but do not stack on top of each other or they will stick together. Place 1½ tablespoons of the Rice Pudding Filling on half of each circle. Fold up the other side and pinch the edges to seal. Place on a nonstick baking sheet. Brush with the melted butter. Bake at 475 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.