Traditional Finnish Potato Casserole

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Traditional Finnish Potato Casserole

A classical Finnish Christmas recipe, traditional potato casserole. This recipe is sweet and belongs in the Christmas table.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Rest Before Cook 2 hrs
Cook Time 2 hrs
Servings 8 people
INGREDIENTS
ingredient
  • potato 1000 g
  • wheat flour 50 mL
  • milk 100 mL
  • cream 100 mL
  • dark syrup 2 tablespoon
  • butter 1 tablespoon
  • salt 1 teaspoon
tool
  • Potato masher or a hand blender
  • Thermometer
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Put them in a pot and boil until they are so soft that you can stick a fork in them easily.
  • Pour approximately 3 dl of boiling water to put aside for later use, the rest just pour away.
  • Mash the potatoes finely with a masher or stabmixer. Pour in some of the boiling water you put aside so that you have a nice porridge structure. Heat the oven to 60 degrees.
  • Mix in half of the wheat flour, mix well and cover the kettle with aluminum foil. Stick the thermometer in. We want to keep it between 60-70 degrees through the next phase. Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  • Take it out and mix in the rest of the wheat flour, cover with foil and stick the thermometer back in. Put back in the oven for 3-5 hours. Make sure the temperature of the potato mash stays between 60-70 degrees Celsius through the whole process. The potato mash will become sweet during this process.
  • Take it out of the oven and put oven to heat to 150 degrees Celsius. Add milk and cream so that the structure becomes similar to a loose porridge. Check the taste and sweeten with dark syrup and season with salt.
  • Pour the loose mash to an oven tray which has been buttered. Sprinkle a little bit of butter also on top of it.
  • Fry in the oven for two hours.
  • Serve and it's ready.
NOTES
This is a very traditional Christmas food. Not everybody likes it, but I definitely do.
Making Potato Casserole is time consuming but well worth the effort. The sweet taste and smooth structure are nice. This is definitely a must-have side dish for a traditional Christmas table.
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