The berry season is here. Strawberries and blueberries are delicious, but Finland is also known for its cloudberries. My friend brought me some cloudberries that she picked in the morning, and I made my favorite pie with them. This is Juhani’s favorite pie, so that he can say the recipe by memory.
When we think of pie in Japan, we usually think of baked sweets with a crispy puff pastry, like apple pie, but in Finland, it’s a little different.
In Finnish language, pie is called “piirakka”. The famous Karjalanpiirakka is not a puffy crust, but a hard rye dough. And this lakkapiirakka, cloudberry pie is also a crispy and moist dough made of wheat flour and whole wheat flour. It is similar to a tart in Japan.
Depending on how you shape it, you can make the walls and sides like a tart. In this recipe, I will show you the easiest way to make the bottom of the dough.
Finnish Cloudberry Pie, LAKKAPIIRAKKA
- rahka (cream cheese, *1) 250 g
- fresh cream 50 g
- egg 1
- brown sugar 30 g
- lemon juice (lime juice) 10 g
- cloudberries 150 g
- 24cm cake pan
- cookie sheet
- Bring butter to room temperature.
- Mix all the flour for the dough.
- Line a cake pan with a cookie sheet.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Add the sugar to the butter and mix until it turns whitish.
- Add the eggs and mix well.
- Add the flour mixture in three parts, mixing well after each addition.
- Pour the dough into the bottom of the cake pan. The dough is sticky, so you can use your fingers dipped in water to spread it out.
- Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. At this point, the dough should be raw.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Pour the filling over the baked dough.
- Sprinkle the cloudberries on top of the filling.
- Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
- When cloudberries are slightly browned, they are ready.
- Cool thoroughly and refrigerate. The next day or later is best when the dough and filling go well.