Peipsi area is home to Old Believers, a traditional religious minority recognised as hard-working and skilful fishermen, builders and keen onion cultivators
This region has become famous for her onions and cucumbers. Peipsi onions have a flat shape and a very strong flavour.
So, visiting Estonia, find out about Sibulatee (Onion Road). Admire beautiful Peipsi lake and discover very interesting Seto culture. And buy a few onions. To bake for example this old Seto Onion Pie.
Setos (Seto: setokõsõq, setoq, Estonian: setud) are an indigenous ethnic and linguistic minority in south-eastern Estonia and north-western Russia.
Setos are mostly Seto-speaking Orthodox Christians of Estonian nationality. The Seto language (like Finnish and Estonian) belongs to the Finnic group of the Uralic languages. The Setos seek greater recognition, rather than having their language considered a dialect of Estonian. Along with Orthodox Christianity, vernacular traditional folk religion is widely practised and supported by Setos.
Traditional Seto Onion Pie. Seto Sibulapiirak
A traditional Seto Onion Pie
- Shortcrust Pastry:
- 5 dl flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 200 g cold butter
- 300 g boiled potato
- 2-3 onion.
- little bit butter or oil
- caraway seeds, salt
- 2 or 3 eggs
- 50 g sour cream
- 1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the diced butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the salt and baking powder, then add grated boiled potato and mix to a firm dough. Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface. Wrap in cling film and chill while preparing the filling.
- For the filling: Chop onion. Put oil or butter in the pan, add peeled and chopped onion, and stew slightly while the onion is soft. If needed add little hot water. Add caraway seeds and season.
- Beat eggs with cream.
- Put the chilled pastry into greased pan, place onion mixture on top and pour over with cream and egg mixture.
- Bake at 225 C for 20 minutes.