Karask – Traditional Estonian Barley Bread

Traditional Estonian Barley Bread Recipe

Traditional Estonian Barley Bread Recipe

This recipe for Karask, or Traditional Estonian Barley Bread comes from Estonian holistic health coach and wellness expert, Marika Blossfeldt. Based on an Estonian Folk Recipe

Ingredients for Karask – Traditional Estonian Barley Bread:
4.5 ounces Farmer Cheese
1 cup Keifer (or Yogurt)
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup Barley Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Tablespoon baking soda

Traditional Estonian Barley Bread Recipe
NOTES: Makes one loaf Karask. I used a standard-size loaf pan and increased the honey to one Tablespoon. I reduced the oven temperature to 375(F) and baked for 30 minutes. If you don’t have barley flour, you can grind your own in a grain mill or Vitamix. In place of the farmer cheese, you can use ricotta. As with any quick bread, Karask is best enjoyed right away.

Directions for Traditional Estonian Barley Bread:
1) Preheat the oven to 400(F).
2) Line a rectangular baking pan (5 x 10 inches) with parchment paper.
3) Combine the farmer cheese, kefir, egg, salt and honey in a bowl and mix until smooth.
4) Stir in 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 30-40 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.
7) Serve with butter or onion butter (caramelized onions). Serves 8.

Traditional Estonian Barley Bread Recipe

Onion Butter

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 0.5 cup

About This Recipe

“Spread onion butter on your next steak, mmm good.”


    • 1/2 cup softened butter
    • 3 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Blend ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Let stand at room temperature for 0ne hour to blend flavours.
2 of 2Onion Butter

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (135 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1642.9
Calories from Fat 1657
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 184.1g
Saturated Fat 116.6g
Cholesterol 488.0mg
Sugars 1.5 g
Sodium 1368.8mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.8g
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
Sugars 1.5 g
Protein 2.5g

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