June 23, 2013

Juhannuksen raparperipiirakka - Midsummer's Rhubarb Tart

Finland and other Nordic countries are celebrating Juhannus (Midsummer) this weekend. Although we are in the middle of winter here in Sydney, I felt like making a special treat for the occasion. This rhubarb tart felt quite indulgent, but perfect for a rainy winter's day. Of course it wouldn't be out of place in a summery Finland either.

The recipe reminded me of 'Mamma's Berry Tart', another old favourite of mine, but the base in this rhubarb version was quite different. I used thick Greek yoghurt for the filling and that worked well. The sourness of rhubarb balances the sweet crust.

Juhlimme juhannusta täällä talvisessa Sydneyssä raparperipiirakan voimin. Takana on aika raskas työviikko sairasteluineen, joten piirakkaherkku tuli tarpeeseen. Jatkan viikonloppua viltteihin kääriytyneenä, kirjoja lueskellen ja kuumaa mehua juoden. Ihanaa juhannusta sinne Suomeen!

Midsummer's Rhubarb Tart
(Recipe adapted from Kotiliesi)

150g butter
125g caster sugar
1 egg
50ml water
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder

250g rhubarb pieces
40g caster sugar
2 eggs
200g thick Greek yoghurt, strained
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease a pie dish (25cm). 

2. Beat soft butter and sugar in a bowl. Add egg, water and flour mixture. Stir well to combine. Spread the mixture on the bottom and the sides of the dish.

3. Spread rhubarb pieces on the bottom of the base and sprinkle sugar on top. Whisk eggs and yoghurt in a bowl, flavour with vanilla. Spread this mixture evenly on top of the rhubarb. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling has set. Leave to cool before serving. You could serve this with vanilla ice cream, but I think it was sweet enough on its own.

Other Midsummer treats : Crepe cake  


  1. It looks delightful and the setting so Scandinavian! (pure, simple, classy, stylish)

  2. Oh, this is the best! I love the yogurt filling with rhubarb. The midsummer was lovely this year - nice and warm with gorgeous sunsets and bright nights. Ihanaa viikkoa ja toivottavasti voit jo paremmin, Maria! x

  3. This is a beautiful tart, and looks so creamy. Midsummer is one of those times of the year I have yet to experience. I hope you enjoyed it.

  4. Looks delicious and I love the use of yogurt in this dessert. Such a great dessert for summer!

  5. I celebrated my first Midsommar in London with my new Swedish friends... one of the loveliest days in recent memory! This tart looks divine.


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