A Taste Of Finland: Mustikkapiirakka (Blueberry Pie) Recipe

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Mustikkapiirakka, also known as Finnish blueberry pie, is a delightful dessert perfect for any occasion. This classic recipe boasts a buttery, flaky crust filled with sweet and juicy blueberries. It’s a simple yet satisfying treat enjoyed by generations in Finland and beyond.

Ingredients:

Creamy Finnish Blueberry Pie (Mustikkapiirakka)
Creamy Finnish Blueberry Pie (Mustikkapiirakka)

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • Filling:
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

  • Preparation:

    1. Make the crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
    2. Shape the dough: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a pie plate, trimming off any excess.
    3. Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon (if using). Toss gently to coat the blueberries evenly.
    4. Assemble the pie: Pour the blueberry filling into the prepared pie crust. Crimp the edges of the dough to create a decorative border.
    5. Bake the pie: Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per slice):

    Calories: 350 (approximately)

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 2g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on the ingredients listed. The actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific ingredients used and the brand.

    Conclusion

    Mustikkapiirakka offers a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. It’s a perfect way to use fresh blueberries and enjoy a taste of Finnish tradition. This recipe is easy to follow and can be customized to your liking. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar or add a sprinkle of your favorite spices for a personalized touch.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh?

    Absolutely! Frozen blueberries work just as well in this recipe. You may not need to thaw them completely before using them in the filling.

    2. Do I need to pre-cook the blueberries?

    No, pre-cooking the blueberries is not necessary. The blueberries will release their juices while baking, creating a delicious sauce for the pie.

    3. What can I substitute for the lemon juice?

    You can substitute the lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of orange juice or even a splash of white vinegar.

    4. How can I prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy?

    To prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy, you can blind bake it for 10-15 minutes before adding the filling. Simply preheat your oven, line the pie crust with parchment paper, and fill it with pie weights (or dried beans). Bake until the edges are lightly golden brown.

    5. How long will this pie last?