The blueberry rye-pie “rättänä” worskhop

In Okkola’s blueberry rye-pie (mustikkakukko or rättänä) pie workshop you´ll discover the old art of making tasty rättänäs! The hostess, Paula, will guide you through the knicks and knacks of baking these traditional delicacies in her own country home.


All year round, please send email to

For whom:

small groups who are interested in Finnish traditional baking and countryside living


40 € / person, minimum charge 240 €. Maximum group size 12 persons. Children 4-12 years 25 € / person.

Includes guidance, materials, coffee, tea and rättänäs with vanilla.


Welcome to my cozy home on the island of Niinisaari on Lake Saimaa!

In the workshop, we’ll bake traditional blueberry rye pies together, share stories and eat together at the end. The workshop takes place in my home, in the beautiful surroundings of a 1700s log cabin. We’ll start by making the basic dough together, forming the base, edges and lid from the dough. We put blueberries in the dough and bake the mustikkakukko.

After we are done with baking, we’ll drink tea/coffee and eat the blueberry pies with vanilla custard or ice cream together. You get the recipe and the rest of the blueberry pies to take home with you.

Suitable for beginners and experienced bakers alike to hone their skills.

We use rye flour from the local, D.O. Saimaa-labelled Rapion Mill for baking. The blueberry pies can also be baked lactose-free if requested in advance.

How the workshop works:

  1. I will welcome you at my home next to our restaurant, Niinipuu. Depending on the weather, we can drink non-alcoholic appetizers under a maple tree in our garden or inside. The mustikkakukko workshop is held in a 1700s log cabin in my home. Aprons are provided by the house. Let’s make base dough together, I’ll show you my way of filling the kukkos. I’ll instruct, advise, demonstrate. In the end we’ll drink tea/coffee and eat blueberry kukkos with vanilla custard / ice cream together. You will get the recipe, rest of the kukkos and many memories with you!
  2. Who is it for? Families, groups of friends, bachelor parties, work parties. There are a few steps to enter. Children and babies welcome. Children under 4 years free of charge.
  3. Group size: 1-12 people.
  4. When can I book? All year round, please note that reservations must be made five days in advance. The workshop starts at 10.00am unless otherwise agreed.
  5. Duration: approx. 1,5 – 2h h

In a nutshell

  • Experience the baking of the authentic Savoie traditional dish blueberry cake, rättänä, in an authentic environment. (rättänä is eligible for EU product protection as an Authentic Traditional Product).
  • Beginners and experienced bakers are both welcome!
  • Includes aprons for the workshop, accessories, starter, guide, tea/coffee.
  • Location. 1 h 15 min drive from Imatra, Mikkeli or Savolinna.
  • The course is led by Paula Okkola, an experienced baking course leader, at whose home the course is held.
  • For an additional fee, there is the possibility of a soup lunch, price 15 €/person.
  • The basic fee of 240 € includes 6 participants. Additional participants +40 €/person (children 4-12 years 25 €/person). The fee covers everyone who comes to the workshop.
  • Reservations must be made at least 5 days before the workshop. Free cancellation up to 3 days before the start of the workshop.