Karask – Traditional Estonian Barley Bread
This is an Estonian folk recipe that I adjusted to include only whole foods and natural
sweeteners. The barley flour gives it a distinct, sweet taste.
4½ ounces (125 g) farmer cheese (or ricotta cheese)
1 cup (240 ml) kefir or yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup (240 ml) barley flour
½ cup (120 ml) whole-wheat flour
½ tablespoon baking soda
1 Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2 Line a rectangular baking pan (5 x 10 inches or 12 x 25 cm) with parchment paper.
3 Combine the farmer cheese, kefir, egg, salt and honey in a bowl and mix until smooth.
4 Stir in the melted butter.
5 Combine the flours with the baking soda and add to the batter. Mix well.
6 Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. To check whether the bread is
ready, insert a wooden toothpick into the center. When the toothpick comes out dry, the
bread is done.
Serve with butter or Onion Butter (page 220).