Autumn Sauna & Apple pie

The end of August brings apple season as summer slowly begins coming to an end. The heatwaves have ended and it’s been raining exceptionally much for August and it feels like autumn is slowly making its way into the horizon. The air feels a tad crisper in the morning and at 9pm, the sky gets dark, which means our beautiful endless white nights are in the past.

We took another trip to the summer place but this time around we didn’t swim as much, but we enjoyed the warmth of the sauna almost on a daily basis. Once again, I let nature inspire me, picked fresh apples from the trees, ate outside as much as possible and enjoyed the last of the summer days.

I made apple pie one day as I couldn’t resist on picking some fresh apples from the trees. I didn’t scout for any recipes and just went with the ingredient’s what we had at the cottage, and honestly everyone seemed to like it a lot. The filling is really moist as it is made from quark with chocolate wafers inside, so it is nothing like a traditional apple pie. I dressed a little iron table with flowers and candles that I had my husband carry down to the lake. I took some lovely images of it and after all the pictures, had my parents come down to eat the remaining of the pie. Everyone loved it, including Siena. Ps. I am officially in the third trimester already and tomorrow I enter week 29 already.



  • 2 whole small apples, washed
  • 1 packet of vanilla flavored quark (about 250g)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • A few chocolate wafers or chocolate pieces


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

In a bowl, mix together the quark, the cinnamon, sugar, salt and flour. Then add in the egg and melted butter. Take your little cake tin and line it with parchment paper.  Place the two little apples in the center and pour the batter on the sides. I wanted to leave a little of the apples showing from the surface as this is visually rather appealing. Press the wafers into the batter. Brush the apple surfaces and stalks with a little bit of the melted butter so they do not burn in the oven and lastly, add a pinch of brown sugar on top. Place into the oven for about 30minutes until the batter is cooked throughout.

I served the pie with more vanilla quark and freshly picked blueberries from the ground.



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