Caramel Apple Crumble Cake – Karamelli Omenapiirakka


Apples are the most popular fruit in Finland. This crumble cake topped with caramel apples is an easy to make, delicious and satisfying dish.


Apples on the Street

When you think of Finnish fruit, berries are probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, there is another fruit that is available all year round, is inexpensive, and is very familiar to Finnish people. Apples.

Every garden in Finland has apple trees. Not only in private homes, but also in apartment buildings and on the streets, apple trees are planted in many places. Every autumn, it is common to find a bag full of apples in front of a house, saying, “Feel free to take them”.

Apples in Finland are smaller than apples in Japan. They are about the size of the palm of your hand. The fruit is a bit powdery, and many varieties fall apart when cooked. They are often made into jam, but in our house, we just bite into them and eat them. It is a sweet and sour bounty of autumn.

Pies for Everything in Finland

As I mentioned on the blueberry pie page, in Finland anything that is baked thin is usually a pie.
Finnish Lingonberry Pie, Easy Crumble Cake
This is a recipe for Puolukkapiirakka , which uses the typical Finnish berry, Lingonberry. It is surprisingly easy to make.

This apple cake is also apple pie, in Juhani’s opinion. As far as the Japanese are concerned, apple pie is made with pie crust! So I think it’s interesting to see the cultural differences.


Caramel Apple Crumble Cake – Finnish Apple Pie Omenapiirakka

Apples are the most popular fruit in Finland. This crumble cake topped with caramel apples is an easy to make, delicious and satisfying dish.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings1 21cm cake pan
  • milk (not fat free) 100 g
  • vinegar (5%) 10 g
  • brown sugar 10 g
  • egg 1
  • butter 75 g
  • strong flour 150 g
  • brown sugar 50 g
  • baking soda 1 tsp
Caramel apple
  • butter 10 g
  • fine white sugar 3 Tbsp
  • apple 200 g
  • water 1 Tbsp
Electronic scales
Frying pan
Silicone spatula for frying
Silicone spatula
20cm cake pan
Parchment paper
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Line a cake pan with a cookie sheet.
Caramel Apple
  • Peel the apples and cut into 1cm cubes.
  • Place butter, sugar, and apples in a frying pan over medium heat.
  • When the butter and sugar are melted, mix well.
  • Cook without touching until the apples are cooked and browned. During this time, make the dough.
  • When it starts to brown, mix it and repeat several times without touching for a while.
  • Add water to the pan and mix well.
  • When the water has evaporated, turn off the heat.
Crumble batter
  • Melt the butter.
  • Mix the melted butter with the flour, brown sugar, and baking soda. When the mixture becomes a lumpy mass, stop mixing. Some of the mixture will be added to the dough later.
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