On the return journey of my recent Finland trip I had to pay an excess baggage fee. I looooove Finnish design and so had treated myself to a Marimekko umbrella to brighten up grey mornings, a couple of Pentik wooden butter spreaders and a super sharp Fiskar cheese slicer. I also bought a limited edition Moomin mug to add to my collection. Yet all of these together weighed perhaps 2kg and, even though I had off loaded all the gifts of books and toys and food that I’d brought across with me, I was 4kg overweight on my way back.
Dodgy scales? Nope. Rye bread. Ruisleipä, to be precise. I love the stuff so much I crammed as many bags of it as I could fit into my suitcase, hand luggage and coat pockets. And ended up paying an excess of £40. Totally worth it.
My freezer currently looks like this:
But, as I eat a lot of rye bread when it’s available, I know it won’t look that way for long. So I’ve been trying my hardest to make my own ruisleipä these past few weeks and have failed, failed, failed.
Finnish rye bread (the western kind) is different to other rye breads. It has a slightly sour taste and looks like this:
My own attempts (which I really should have taken a photo of) have been the wrong colour, the wrong taste and the wrong texture. I’ve tried the recipe from this website and from a Finnish cookbook. Neither worked.
Do you know any Finnish bakers? Are you a Finnish baker? Are you not a Finnish baker but know the secret? Can you help me? At my last count I only have 29 pieces of rye bread left. I’m desperate. :(