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Barley Skillet Bread

A karask is a buttery quick bread made with barley and wheat flours. Traditionally enjoyed right out of the oven with butter and honey or cranberry cream, these Estonian scones are eaten for breakfast or snacks. Incredibly, this bread tastes even richer the next day, when it is commonly served with lingonberry preserves. Recipe Servings: Serves 4
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Preheat oven to 375?F (190?C). Grease a 9-inch (23-cm) cast iron skillet with 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter.
  2. Sift the three fours, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in sugar and caraway seeds.
  4. Whisk egg, kefir, and oil. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well, but do not over mix.
  5. Pour into skillet, smooth top, and drizzle over remaining butter.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes to a light gold, or until a toothpick emerges clean from the center.
  7. Serve warm with butter and honey or lingonberry preserves.