My mom bakes buns and pies almost every weekend, and this lingonberry and carrot pie is one of her staples – and super good at that! The pie crust is made from the same dough as the cinnamon buns/rolls she also makes (pulla in Finnish), which is very convenient as you can bake several pastries with the same batch of dough.
The lingonberry and carrot pie is just one of the many flavors my mom bakes, other staples being apple (fresh apples or apple sauce depending on the season), blueberry, plain carrot, carrot and apple and rhubarb. The linognberry & carrot pie combines the tartness of the lingonberries with the sweetness of the carrots in an exquisite way making it very refreshing. It is also very moist and visually appealing with its super intense shades of red.
The underlying pulla crust is thick and soft in a pan pizza kind of way. It is also sweet rather than plain or salty, and has a nice cardamommy flavor to it. If you double the crust recipe, you can also make a batch of buns – I recommend rolling the dough, spreading with margarine / butter, and sprinkling with lots of sugar and cinnamon, and then rolling and cutting the dough in bun-sized pieces. As a kid I loved to eat those buttered-and-spiced buns raw, before baking. I always tried to steal at least one when mom wasn’t looking ;) Not that I wouldn’t like them anymore…
For one full baking sheet
2,5 dl (1 cup) 2% milk
25 g (1 oz) fresh yeast or 1 pkg dry yeast (12 g / 1/2 oz)
1/2 tsp salt
1 dl (0.4 cups) sugar
7 dl (3 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 dl (0.2 cups) canola oil
1 tsp ground cardamom
Mix the yeast in lukewarm milk until completely dissolved, then add salt, egg, sugar, oil and cardamom and mix well. Add flours gradually while kneading. Continue kneading until the dough feels firm. Add more flour if the dough is too moist and sticks in your hands or in the table. Let rise until the volume is roughly doubled.
Lingonberry and Carrot Pie
1 portion of pulla crust (above)
5 dl (2 cups) lingonberries
5 dl (2 cups) finely shredded carrots
3 dl (1.3 cups) sugar
2 tbsp potato flour (corn starch)
Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F). Mix the berries, shredded carrots and sugar. Check the sweetness by tasting – different batches of berries vary in sourness, so you may want to adjust the amount of sugar. The filling should be sweeter than sour/tart. Finally mix in the starch.
Roll the dough when it has risen to fill a baking sheet. With your finger, press around the edges to create a “rim” to keep the fillings inside the crust. Spread the lingonberry-carrot filling over the crust. Optionally brush some egg over the crust edges to give it a beautiful glaze. Bake for 17-20 minutes until the edges have nicely browned.