Rye bread in Finland
It’s a dark, flat sourdough bread made from a few very simple ingredients. The tradition of the rye bread started over 2000 years ago when Finnish agriculture was not yet fully developed, and the climate restricted farmers to growing only crops that are able to ripen fast. Rye grains were perfect for that!
For the sourdough leaven of the bread, only water and rye flour are used, but the process requires a lot of time and patience. In the old times, many Finnish households had their own “roots of bread”, which were passed from generation to generation. Different regions of Finland developed their own slightly different versions of the rye bread, but without any doubt, this is the most famous and beloved type of bread all over the country. In 2017, Finland is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and rye bread was voted the country’s national food!
Rye has a very high fiber content and it’s famous for its many health benefits. More about the benefits and the history of the Finnish bread can be found from the very interesting article, “The Root of Finnish Rye Bread.”
Our rye bread
Our rye bread comes in the traditional round shape (reikäleipä, lit. “bread with a hole”), and it's available in two different versions:
- Traditional Finnish rye bread (~88% rye1),
- and traditional Finnish caraway seed rye bread.
The price of a handmade bread is $6.99. Each bread weighs roughly 1lbs (<500g), and has a diameter of a tad under 10 inches (~25cm). Contact us for orders.
We pay careful attention to every detail of the baking process, so you can experience the freshest and most traditional Finnish rye bread in the Bay Area! When baking the bread, we use:
- Our own sourdough leaven, which we meticiously maintain every day,
- the finest premium quality, stone ground, whole grain rye flour,
- and pure Himalayan salt.
Important to note
Unlike typical Californian sourdough bread, the Finnish rye bread is rather dense and crispy, so be careful when cutting or biting into it! If you don't plan to consume the bread on the day of purchase, it's best to freeze it while it's fresh, or at least store it in a plastic bag, because the bread can get very hard when left to dry! You may also want to consider cutting the bread into slices when fresh.