Sklandrausis (pl.: sklandrauši; Livonian dialect: sklandrouš, from Curonian: sklanda – 'fence-post, wattle fence, slope, declivity';[2] Livonian: sūrkak, pl.: sūr kakūd), žograusis (pl.: žograuši) or dižrausis (pl.: dižrauši) is a traditional Latvian dish of Livonian origin. It is a sweet pie, made of rye dough and filled with potato and carrot paste and caraway.[1]

Alternative namesžograusis, dižrausis
Place of originLatvia
Region or stateCourland
Associated cuisineLatvian and Livonian cuisine
Invented16–17th century[1]
Main ingredientsRye dough, potato and carrot paste, caraway
Food energy
(per serving)
339 kcal (1419 kJ)
Nutritional value
(per serving)
Fat11 g
Carbohydrate55 g
Similar dishesKarjalanpiirakka, Perepechi [udm]

In 2013, European Commission designated sklandrausis with a Traditional speciality guaranteed status.[2][3] A festival dedicated to sklandrauši has been organized in Dundaga, Talsi Municipality since 2013.[4]

Ingredients edit

The dough of sklandrausis is made from rye flour, butter, and water. The potato filling consists of potatoes, sour cream, egg, butter, and salt. The carrot filling consists of carrots, butter, sour cream, egg, and sugar.

Preparation edit

Preparation of sklandrauši

Traditionally, the dough is cut in 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) rounds, then the edges of the dough are turned up. The dough is filled with a thin layer of potato filling, topped with a thicker layer of carrot filling, then baked. Sklandrausis is served with milk and honey or with skābputra [lv] (a fermented milk-and-barley gruel).

Reception edit

In 2023, sklandrausis was ranked the 5th worst rated dish on the website TasteAtlas after dishes such as hákarl, Kugel Yerushalmi, and kalvsylta, making waves in the Latvian media.[5]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b "Sklandrausis: Latvian Vegetable Tart". 4 October 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Strautmanis, Andris (12 March 2018). "European Commission designates sklandrausis as traditional speciality". Latvians Online. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Economic Diary. Latvian sklandrausis and grey peas under EU protection". Baltic News Network. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Try Latvian unique 'sklandrausis' in Dundaga on Saturday". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 14 January 2023. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  5. ^ Dace Kaukule; Zane Brikmane (14 January 2023). "Is Latvian cuisine really that bad?". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. Retrieved 21 January 2023.

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