Kalakukko is a traditional food made from fish baked inside a loaf of bread from the Finnish region of Savonia. Kalakukko is particularly popular in the northern Savonia region’s capital, Kuopio. There are many kalakukko bakeries in Kuopio. The dish is so popular, the town even holds an annual baking contest for kalakukko.
Rye bread is a staple in the Finnish diet and is dark and fiber-rich like ruisleipä. Loaves of bread are made of grains such as barley, oat, rye, and wheat, or by combining different grits and flours. Kalakukko is usually prepared with rye flour, but wheat is often also added to make the dough more smooth. The filling consists of fish, pork, and bacon and is salted if the pork is not already salted.
Kalakukko looks like a large loaf of rye bread after being baked for several hours, usually in a masonry oven. Do you want to learn how to make this culinary masterpiece? Follow the recipe below and you can make your own delicious kalakukko to enjoy with family and friends!
About Finnish Kalakukko Recipe
Some Finnish speakers today find the name kalakukko a bit amusing because kala is Finnish for “fish” and kukko is “rooster,” which leads to the often used but non-morphological translation, “fish cock.” The ancient form of kukko, however, is derived from the same source as kukkaro. Kukko might also come from a Finnish kukkula word, hill, as the dish is high.
Kalakukko Bread is now sold in bakeries in Finland and other European countries. It is regarded as one of the most flavorful traditional breads in Europe today. For more international recipes, click here.
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