My father was born in 1943. So, he was a child after the war. This was a terrible time. Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union, Hunger and poverty. In March 1949, 20,722 people (2.5% of the population) were deported to Siberia.
Started collectivization. Forcibly was established collective farms, which means that all farmers must give all animals to collective farms. All over the countryside, the establishment of kolkhozes was announced and the majority of the peasants joined ‘voluntarily’, fearing that they would be deported if they did not sign up. During the 1950s, masses of farm animals would starve to death in late winter or early spring because of a lack of fodder. Collective farmers did not get first years any salary.
Because was lack of eggs and everything, children invented ” bread”, to have something to eat. They mixed potatoes, flour and oil and baked this on to the wood burning stove iron.
If you look at this recipe it may seem familiar. All nation over the world has a similar recipe. Flour and water and some oil and bake on the hot stone.
So, all ingenious is simple and all simple is ingenious.
Estonian Potato Flat Bread. Kartulipletskid
- 1 raw potato, grated
- 100 ml flour
- 1/2 tablespoon oil
- In a medium bowl, toss together 3/4 of flour, grated potato and oil. If you like to add some salt or other spices. Let set 10 minutes
- Knead the dough and add other flour. Knead. Knead. Knead. The dough has to be like very -very soft plasticine
- Let dough set 10-15 minutes.
- Share dough into the 4 balls and spread by hand flat.
- Put flat dough balls between two baking paper and roll Pletski paper-thin. With this same paper put Pletskid on to the oven and bake at 200 C for 10 minutes, while Pletski is crispy. The second option, fry the Pletski WITHOUT oil in a skillet from both sides 2-3 minutes.
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