June 20, 2011

Finnish apple tart with vanilla sauce


I have no precise reason why, during the almost two years of blogging, I still haven't shared a recipe for this classic Finnish apple tart. This is one of my mum's favourites and needless to say I grew up with her version of this treat. I have opted for a few healthy amendments on the original recipe, and used whole spelt flour (instead of plain white), raw caster sugar and rapadura sugar and olive oil instead of butter. 


The outcome is a wholesome and tasty dessert that brings back many wonderful memories from my childhood. The smell, the flavour and the taste took me right back in to my home town, and into mum's kitchen. Savoured with the traditional Finnish vanilla sauce, similar to a vanilla custard, this is a real treat on a beautiful winter's day.



Finnish apple tart with vanilla sauce

2 large, free-range eggs
100g raw caster sugar
120g whole spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
75ml milk
50ml olive oil
2 apples, cut in half and thinly sliced
1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-2 teaspoons rapadura sugar

Vanilla sauce

1 large, free-range egg yolk
200ml milk
2 teaspoons raw, natural vanilla sugar
1 teaspoon potato starch
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease a round 26 cm pie dish.

2. Beat the eggs and the sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Combine the flour and the baking powder in a bowl. Sift the flour into the egg mixture and fold to combine.

4. Fold in the milk and the oil and pour the dough into the pie dish.

5. Arrange the apple slices on top of the dough and sprinkle with ground cinnamon and rapadura sugar. 

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

7. For the vanilla sauce, whisk the egg yolk in a small saucepan. Whisk in all other ingredients and place the saucepan on the heat. Whisking continuously on a low heat, let the sauce heat up until thickened. Serve the sauce with the apple tart.

75 comments:

  1. Healthy or not, I'd tuck into a big wedge of this any time of the day!

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  2. A gorgeous tart! I love that dollop of luscious vanilla cream...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Ihanaa,lapsuuden herkkua! Ja miten kaunis torttu:)

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  4. What a gorgeous and flawless tart! You know how to make us hungry... ;-)

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  5. Good heavens Maria this looks like the perfect treat on a Winter's day!
    I love apple and vanilla dishes, and I will try this one out once I am off the core of my detox programme.

    Yum yum!

    Happy you liked the post and feature of you. Hope it brings over some new readers for you (not that you lack any!). I know I am a big fan of yours!

    xx Charlotta

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  6. Oh Maria that looks wonderful! Apples & cinnamon such a wonderful combination.

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  7. it's seems so tasty! i love the cinnamon with apples.. hmmm yummy!

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  8. Ahh, what a beauty! There is really nothing like the flavours of home, right!?

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  9. Yum! This looks a very tasty apple tart. I only have to wait until winter to bake this! In the other part of the world is summer now! :)

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  10. Oh how lovely, thank you for sharing this recipe! Finnish food fascinates me - so much more to learn about it. I adore your blog :)
    Heidi xo

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  11. It looks terrific, I like your "healthyfying" of the ingredients...

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  12. So glad you finally got to share this gem- and in time for the cold season! Love a freshly baked apple tart and the smell around the house would be amazing...mmmmm

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  13. Oh this is a marvelous cake. I was thinking of making a Swedish apple cake (which is not much different.) Maria you can send this to the Monthly Mingle this month Apple Affection!

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  14. This is perfect! I would probably sneak a scoop of vanilla on there too!

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  15. Beautiful! Perfect season for apple-y goodness, though like Maris I'd want to plonk a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream there :P

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  16. This recipe & photography is why your food is always on Tastespotting. Omg. Drool. Beautiful!

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  17. This pie recipe is very special and delicious. thanks for sharing. The photos are very tasty


    I'm from Brazil, if you can, visit my blog, he has the option to English. Come a little bit of Brazilian recipes

    See you soon in



    Daniel Deywes
    http://feitonahora.blogspot.com

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  18. wow! this is just beautiful!!!

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  19. i love how you've sliced the apples - ever so thin - with that little touch of pink on the tips. :)

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  20. Beautiful! Looks like your oven worked great =D

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  21. Yes you definitely can't not post this recipe! Wow- it is perfection and i love imagining the taste of those perfectly cooked apples with that dough! Amazing

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  22. I'm with you. My husband makes the most delicious apple pie. I have yet to feature it in my blog. Your Finnish Apple Tart looks so beautiful. I'm bookmarking this one!

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  23. I love apple pie so I'm sure I would love this healthy version of a tart even more!

    Dawn
    www.floridacoastalcooking.com

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  24. Ihana perinteinen Suomi-piirakka, kaunis ja varmasti herkullinen!

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  25. This is a beautiful picture...good enough to go on the kitchen wall...I love the use of spelt flour...My blogging partner, Jenny and I have been thinking very hard to come up with some spelt recipes apart from the usual bread and crackers....and here, I come across a most beautiful looking dessert with an amazing vanilla sauce. This has been bookmarked and will be made this week for sure...Thank you for such a brilliant recipe.

    -Shilpa

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  26. Oh my....! I am totally drooling over this! I used to love eating apple pie with vanilla ice cream, but your vanilla sauce sounds like a much healthier alternative...not to mention delicious too :)!

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  27. What a beautiful and comforting cake! I've never had a vanilla sauce, but it sounds delicious!

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  28. Gorgeous tart and photos! You did a wonderful job arranging the sliced apples. :)

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  29. Beautiful! That vanilla sauce looks sounds divine!

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  30. Apple is one of my fav fruits to bake with.This tart is gorgeous!! Vanilla sauce-drool!

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  31. oh my goodness that is the most perfectly laid out apple tart i've ever seen! pity, as it will be devoured in seconds :)

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  32. Gladly you have reminded me about this recipe. I absolutely love this tart. I have prepared it numeorus times but forgotten about it. I love it, because it's relatively simple so even if I have unexpected guests I throw all the ingredients and bake it for sth like 20- 30 minutes. During those time the atmosphere unwinds and the tart arrives just on time as a perfect dessert :-)

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  33. That looks gorgeous! I love that you made it with spelt flour. I'm going to bookmark this to give it a try because it looks so good :)

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  34. wow, that looks mouth watering, I can almost taste it :)
    US Masala

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  35. Maria, your apple tart looks delicious, and the vanilla sauce is just perfect with it. Beautiful pictures!
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

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  36. The bottom tart-crust looks different from the apple tart/pie I am used to seeing. The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla adds the finishing touch.

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  37. I love traditional tarts from Scandinavian countries;it seems that this type of pastry is really mastered there.

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  38. Maria, this looks amazing! So perfect! I love recipes that bring us back to good times and childhood. My mom's apple pie can't be beat either. I do like the changes that you made to it. I have not had the vanilla sauce yet!

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  39. I'm not a Christian but... oh my god! That tart looks amazing. Will save the recipe for an special occasion.

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  40. This looks so delicious! Mum recipes are always th best :)

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  41. This looks so beautiful as usual…love the Vanilla sauce/custard!

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  42. What a gorgeous apple tart! I especially love the Finnish sauce.

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  43. Stunning - and perfect for winter. What's rapadura sugar?

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  44. Wow, this brings back very fond memories of my days as an exchange student in Finland. My host mum is a great cook and this was one of her staples. We often had this with a glass of sima after sauna. She also made a cake in a bundt tin that she called 'salt cake' - it had raisins, cardomom and used cream instead of butter. Can anyone else remember this and have the recipe?

    PS Thanks for a great blog, the photos are wonderful (and recognisably Finnish in style - simple composition and very shallow field of focus).


    PPS Onnea- congratulations on your engagement.

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  45. Us scandanavians sure now how to make a delicious apple cake!

    I love the idea of using the flan dish - a better ratio of apple to cake! And the vanilla sauce reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe.

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  46. Maria, this is such a beautiful tart! Shame on you for not sharing this Finnish classic with us earlier ;p... Still... Never too late :)

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  47. this looks amazing Maria, thanks for sharing.

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  48. I love apple desserts - they are naughty, but a little healthy at the same time.

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  49. What a beautiful apple tart! Love your vanilla sauce too. I like to use potato starch to thicken the sauce too. ;-))

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  50. Yum. Love a good apples tart, this looks particularly delicious :-)

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  51. Oh this reminds me of my grandmother's apple cake. She used to make us one every time we would come to visit and it always brings back good memories.

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  52. There is nothing like the smell coming from your own kitchen to transport you back to your family home. Helps keep homesickness at bay :-) will have to try this tart recipe, looks divine!

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  53. mmmmm.... gorgeous! Perfect for the couple of old apple I have lying around.

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  54. I have a sneaking suspicion that this would also make for a delicious spring tart! I love that vanilla sauce.

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  55. At first glance, I thought you had made a classic French apple tart. Good food knows no boundaries :-). Maria, this sounds delicious and I would make it anytime I had good apples available. This is comfort food at its very best. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  56. Thanks for sharing this classic apple tart with us, it is gorgeous!

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  57. I am really in awe of Finnish dishes. Apples tarts are always lovely. I love mine with ice cream:) It may sound like a silly question, but how is a Finnish apple tart different from the usual apple tart??

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  58. What a gorgeous tart that is! The vanilla sauce is truly the perfect accompaniment!

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  59. Finally something with Spelt..Heather from Girlie chef is having a theme on her event WWC with Spelt and I was wondering how many people cook with Spelt. Love this tar..could see the lovely crumbles ubder the apples.

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  60. Maria, this tart is stunningly beautiful as are all of your photos. Wonderful job on this favorite summer classic... Thank you for sharing and inspiring me with every recipe!

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  61. This is a beautiful looking tart, the sprinkling of cinnamon and rapadura sugar on the top adds that rustic appeal :)

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  62. Thank you all! I am so happy to have shared this recipe with you :-)

    Tiina: Rapadura sugar is available at health food stores. It is unrefined and unbleached whole cane sugar with a lovely golden colour and caramel-like flavour.

    Toivakka: Please check back later, I'll be making my version of the traditional 'salt cake' soon ;-)

    Sanjeeta: I have been using spelt flour in baking for quite a while now. If you look at my other sweet or savoury baking recipes, you'll find most of them use white or whole spelt :-)

    Maria
    x

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  63. This looks incredible Maria. Aren't foods that stir up childhood memories the best?! You've once again managed to make me very hungry with your gorgeous recipes and photos ;)

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  64. Oh my, that IS a realy treat! It looks a lot like the apple cakes I used to eat in Italy. I like the changes you made :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  65. This looks beautiful, and exactly the sort of thing to make my husband think of home. the healthy amendments are right up my street too!

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  66. This is just such a lovely recipe ... your photographs are so bright and beautiful !

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  67. That looks and sounds fantastic! I have visited Finland and I loved it so...I'm already loving this :) One day I will go back!

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  68. Oh Maria, how magnificent! I ate a similar-ish cake/tart growing up, but now that I love heartier/healthier flavours in my sweets, I know I need to try this :)

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  69. it's perfectly done, maria--bravo! i love the hypnotic design, and the sauce is an excellent accompaniment!

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  70. Just wanted to say, I baked this last night & it was delicious. Super easy to make too.

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  71. Maria, what kind of oven you have? gas oven?

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  72. Hi there,

    225C for an electric oven, but I'd use 200C for gas.

    Thanks!

    Maria
    x

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