Savory Rice Pudding Pie (Karjalanpiirakka)

Karelian Rice Pudding Pies
Karjalan Priaka (Karelian Rice Pudding Pies)Kyle Johnson

Eaten throughout Finland as a snack during the traditional afternoon coffee break, these pastries consist of a simple rye flour and water dough tucked around a thick, creamy rice filling and topped with a salty butter mixed with chopped hard-boiled eggs. In this recipe, adapted from the author’s friend, local Finnish cooking teacher Miriam Yliniemi, extra melted butter is brushed on the pastries before, during, and after baking for a richer-tasting, crispier dough.