Making Mustikkapiirakka (Finnish Blueberry Pie)

Today I made a typical Finnish dessert that is sold in many cafes and restaurants in Finland. It really is more than a pie, it’s like a combination of a cheese cake and a tart. The rye crust with the cardamon gives it a very original absolutely delicious taste! I had never cooked with neither of these ingredients and it was so great smelling cardamon for the first time. Minty? I don’t know that I can describe its distinctive flavor!

I took this recipe from the website Right HERE. I only adapted the measurements to cups.


For the crust:

  • 100 g unsalted butter, at room temperature. (7 tablespoons)*
  • 100 g cane sugar (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons)*
  • 1 large egg
  • 100 g rye flour
  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of cardamom

For the filling:

  • 250 g fresh blueberries
  • 250 g sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp cane sugar


For the crust:

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and light.

2. Add in the egg, and mix.

3. Stir in the flours, pinch of cardamom, and baking powder just until combined into a pliable ball.

4. Turn the soft dough into your greased pan and use your hands to spread it into an even layer across the bottom and up the sides of the pan.

5. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake the empty crust for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

For the Filling:

1. While your crust bakes, in a bowl whisk together the sour cream, egg, sugar, vanilla, and cardamom. The filling will have a thin, pourable consistency.

2. Spread the blueberries evenly across the par-baked crust. Carefully pour the filling over and around the berries and spread gently with a spatula until the crust is filled evenly.

3. Carefully return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the filling around the edges is set. The center should not look like uncooked liquid, but neither too dry and firm.

4. Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature for at least 40 min.

5. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream or whipped cream if you like, maybe with a few extra berries on top.

Yummm!!! Herkullinen! (Delicious in Finnish)

*me… I looked up what the measurements were in cups and tablespoons.

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