While it appears that the world tastiest bread is after all not Finnish but Swedish (see yesterdays entry), Finland does have another food that blew my mind, and that one appears to be very much Finnish. Last week, as I was looking for food in a supermarket I came across something that looked sort of like cheese and sort of like bread. I guess it was more of a cheese, except that it had brown spots, just like flat bread out of the oven.
The package said “Juustoleipä” It also had a sign in Swedish which said something that looked like “bread cheese”. (Helsinki is largely bilingual in Finnish and Swedish as far as signs go and the Swedish signs are real lifesavers for English speakers.)
The package also included a small container of yellow jelly, which as I later learned is “lakka” or “cloudberry”. When topped with jelly, the “breadcheese” turned out to be one of the tastiest things ever. I pretty much all of it right away. I am not sure how to describe the taste. A bit softer and buttery than fresh mozzarella, with a bit of cheesecake flavor (but not as sweet and much harder). It also tastes a bit like quiche, though not as soggy.