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Hätäleipä emergency bread

(fin. Hätä means emergency and leipä means bread)

This very easy and quick to make Finnish bread just became my favourite. The loaf is small, so you may want to make two 😉 and the taste is wonderful!

Recipe is adapted from Great Whole Grain Breads book by Beatrice Ojakangas.



7 g dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup rye flour or wholemeal spelt flour
1 1/2 cups wheat/bread flour


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and add molasses. Let stand for 3-5 minutes, until foamy. Stir in olive oil, salt and rye flour. Stir bread flour and then beat 50 times.

Turn dough onto the sheet covered with baking paper, spreading it into a round shape (the dough is very loose and sticky). Let it rise 30 – 60 minutes.

Bake in 200 C for 30 minutes. If you want to have a crunchy crust, try to spray some water in the oven at the beginning of baking process.


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  • Reply
    Donna @ Cookistry
    January 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    That’s a nice little loaf.

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      January 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Indeed, it’s just a shame that I can’t attach a “smell” file to this recipe 😉

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I love small loaves of bread, so cute!

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    March 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Bookmarked. I love Scandinavian bread and pastry – actually I love all bread and pastry!

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    JJ @ 84thand3rd
    August 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I adore this recipe and make it all the time when I’m craving fresh bread! Thanks!

    • Reply
      August 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I’m really glad you like it 🙂

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    August 24, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Is it 1 1/2 cups of bread flour? (it just says 1 1/2, with no unit of measure.) Cups would definitely make the most sense, but wanted to be sure.

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      August 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      yes it’s 1 1/2 cups, thanks for spotting that!

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