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Finnish Karelian Pies

Put the water and butter into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and stir in the rice. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the milk and stir until boiling. Simmer for about 50 minutes, until the rice is done. Season with salt. Set aside to cool. Mix both flour, salt and water together. Knead it into a dough. Roll the dough on a floured surface until about 2 mms thick.

Using a cutter, cut into circles of 8 cm (3 in.) in diameter. Roll the circles into thin crusts. A pasta machine can also be used. Use some flour to help with the rolling. Fill the crusts with a thin layer of rice mixture. Turn 1 cm (0.4 in.) of the side to create an edge and pinch the edges. Bake the pasties at 300°C (570F) for 15-20 minutes. Brush with a butter and milk mixture and transfer to soften under greaseproof paper and a tea towel. Eat hot with egg and butter spread.

Egg and butter spread:

Mix the soft butter with eggs and parsley. Serve lukewarm.


Source: Visit Finland


Serbian Pork Stew

Leskovac took its name long ago from its famed hazelnut woods, lešnik being the Serbian word for hazelnut. Today it is better know for its red peppers. The people of Leskovac speak a dialect of Serbian which preserves many features of the Old Church Slavonic language and even many Serbs find the local difficult to understand. Ajvar is known throughout the land and beyond as the name for a preparation of roast peppers, preserved in jars for use throughout the winter. Leskovac is also known for its fantastic barbecue meats: you’ll probably arrive in the town by car or bus, but once there you must try the Leskovac Train;(leskovački voz), an assortment of grilled meats which arrive at the table one after another like wagons. Nor should you overlook Leskovačka Mućkalica, a spicy medley of peppers and grilled meats, much prized among gourmets for its spicy flavour.

Rice mixture

  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 250 ml short-grain glutinous rice
  • 1 litre milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Rye dough

  • 400 ml rye flour
  • 150 ml plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200 ml water

To glaze

  • 50g butter
  • 100 ml milk

Egg and butter spread

  • 100g butter
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, mashed
  • (50 ml chopped parsley)

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