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Emergency Bread

This Finnish bread is incredibly easy to make. In Finland, it is also known as Hätäleipä (Hätä means emergency and leipä means bread). The process is as simple as mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. The dough requires no kneading in the traditional sense of the word and is finished in a matter of minutes if you don't count the rising time.  That's why they call it the emergency bread. Traditionally, you would use rye or spelt flour in this recipe, but I used buckwheat flour instead. The recipe was adapted from A Matter of Taste.

Emergency Bread

Category: Yeasted breads
Cuisine: Finnish

Recipe in PDF format (print friendly)

  • Makes one small loaf
  • Prep time: 10min + rising time
  • Cook time: 30min
  • Total time: 40min
  • Difficulty: Basic


  • 7g dry yeast
  • 240ml lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50g buckwheat flour
  • 190g bread flour


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and honey in lukewarm water. Let it stand for 3-5 minutes, or until foamy. Stir in olive oil, salt, and buckwheat flour. Stir in bread flour and then beat 50 times with a wooden spoon. Turn the dough onto the sheet covered with baking paper, spreading it into a round shape. The dough is very loose and sticky, so don't worry if it isn't the perfectly round shape. Sprinkle with some bread flour and let it rise for 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Bake the bread for 30 minutes, or until golden.

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