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Finnish Pie (Mustikkapiirakka)

Finnish Pie (Mustikkapiirakka)

Sometimes you just wake up and think about how much you want to make an unpronounceable pie. Those are days for Mustikkapiirakka. I’ve never had a day for Mustikkapiirakka before because I had no idea it existed until I stumbled across the Great British Chefs recipe. But when you find a gem with a name like that, you need to buckle down and find some blueberries.

Mustikkapiirakka (Finnish Blueberry Pie) lightly adapted from http://www.greatbritishchefs.com

150g soft butter
225g cane sugar
2 eggs
200g whole wheat rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
350g blueberries
250ml sour cream
50ml buttermilk
vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease an 8-inch pie pan with butter.

Cream together the butter and 150g of the sugar. Beat in one of the eggs and a generous splash of vanilla extract, before sifting over and folding in the flour and baking powder. Use your hands to mash the batter into the bottom and sides of the pie pan in the shape of a lonely empty pie crust and make pretty pie edges if you are feeling fancy. Then pile the blueberries into the middle. No more lonely pie crust!

You aren’t done yet, though.

Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour mixture over blueberries. Bake for 30 minutes then turn the oven down to 350°F and bake for a further 30 minutes. Impatiently take the pie out and let cool on your counter instead of leaving the pie in the oven for 10 minutes to set before taking it out.

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On the internet, imitation is flattery

Turning internet food pictures into your own food is the most glorious intersection of “I want that” + “I actually can have that if I drive to the grocery store and cook a bit”, unlike other internet browsing (Mmm…Tesela Model S…). Near immediate gratification is possible, if you have racked up enough kitchen dongles.

I was browsing Buzzfeed’s 31 Amazing Things to Cook in August and had insta-crave for the Tomato Lollipops.

So I had a dinner party.

Here are my imitations of other people’s fabulous recipes! Photographs by guest photographer Julie Miller-Hendry.

Tomato Lollipops:

Recipe on White on Rice Couple’s blog here.

  • Cuteness: 4/5
  • Tastiness: 4/5
  • Replicate-ability: 5/5

Verdict: So easy, so good, so many style points.

BBQ Sticky Asian Pork Ribs:

Recipe on Heather Cristo here.

  • Cuteness: 5/5. Is there anything cuter then watching the faces of a gaggle of men eating ribs? No.
  • Tastiness: 5/5
  • Replicate-ability: 4/5. I used an oven 2.5 hrs at 300 F, then finished on the grill.

Verdict: Yes, you can make these in an oven. I don’t think they were as pretty as Heather’s but they still tasted great.

Whole Peach Pies:

Recipe on Yummy Mummy Kitchen here.

  • Cuteness: 5/5
  • Tastiness: 3/5
  • Replicate-ability: 2/5

Verdict: Yummy Mummy has some dark magic that I don’t have…