Finnish Barley Bread
This simple barley bread recipe gives a satisfying and tasty flat bread in less than half an hour.
Makes: 1 loaf
  • 225 g (8 oz) barley flour
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz) single (pouring) cream
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 25 g (1 oz) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F fan oven, 200°C/400°F conventional oven.
  2. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the cream, milk and butter. Mix to a dough.
  4. Lightly flour a surface. Press the dough firmly between your hands to ensure it is well compressed then shape it into a round about 1cm (½") thick and 23 cm (9") across.
  5. Carefully transfer the dough to a lightly-greased baking tray. Lightly score the top of the bread into six sections - do not cut all the way through - then prick all over with a fork.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
This type of barley bread is best served warm with lashings of butter, cream cheese or cottage cheese. It goes nicely with a big bowl of soup too.