During the holiday season in Finland, these simple rye crisps that resemble a loaf of traditional sour rye bread are hung on the Christmas tree and given to visiting guests. The hearty taste of rye flour, the crispy texture and the non traditional addition of a salted chocolate ganache make these the darling of my recent Nordic Winter Tea party.
For the crisps, you will need:
½ cup butter
5 tablespoons sugar
1 cup rye flour
½ cup sifted white flour
For the ganache, you will need:
8 ounces of high quality semisweet chocolate
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Flaky sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flours and knead until the warmth of your hands turns it into a dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to 1/8-inch thick. Stamp into rounds using a round jar lid, glass or cookie cutter. Cut a circle out of the center of each cookie and prick all over with a fork.
3. Bake for 5-7 minutes until slightly browned.
4. Meanwhile, make the ganache: In a double boiler or a stainless steel bowl placed over a pot of steaming water (medium high heat), add chocolate, cream and butter. Stir until melted. Spread ganache over cooked cookies with a pastry brush or a small knife. Sprinkle with sea salt.