Lingonberry recipes are Scandinavian staples. Lingonberries became popular, in part, because they contain natural preservatives and pectin that meant lingonberries could be kept for months at room temperature simply by placing them in jars of water.
Lingonberries are to Scandinavians what blueberries are to Minnesotans...an abundant wild fruit that is free for the taking by anyone with a basket or a bucket and the patience to pick through and clean their harvest.
These tart red berries grow on low, evergreen shrubs throughout Scandinavia's forests and are smaller and juicier than their relative the cranberry.
You can use lingonberries in any recipe that calls for other berries like blueberries, blackberries or cranberries. Some of the most popular lingonberry recipes include lingonberry jam, lingonberry crêpes, lingonberry muffins and lingonberry torte.
You may find some Scandinavian festivals and events where you can try lingonberry recipes. Look for them when you visit Minnesota.
Scandinavians traditionally made rårörda lingon, an easy lingonberry jam (no cooking required), by stirring the raw berries with a small amount of sugar...the most simple of lingonberry recipes. Here is a slightly more detailed lingonberry jam recipe:
Note: Lingonberry jam has been made popular in the United States by the well-known IKEA superstores where it is sold in large quantities, including buckets.You may have a difficult time finding a place to buy lingonberries in stores near you, however you can easily shop for lingonberries online.
As with most lingonberry recipes, lingonberries can be substituted for other fruits like blueberries or raspberries in most recipes. This is the case with this muffin recipe.
This lingonberry crepe recipe with a cream cheese filling is similar to one that was once served at IHOP® restaurants.
Blend all ingredients together with an electric mixer, until the mixture is smooth.
Here is one of our personal favorite lingonberry recipes.
Combine chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler. Cook over hot water until chocolate melts, stirring frequently. Cool.
Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together and set aside.
Beat the eggs and additional egg yolk with a rotary or electric mixer until light and thick. Add sugar gradually and continue beating hard until mixture is very smooth.
Stir in almond extract, then the chocolate milk mixture.
Sift flour mixture on top and fold in gently but thoroughly. Pour batter into 2 greased 9 inch cake pans and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 325° and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
Cool several minutes, then invert on a cake rack to cool completely.
Spread lingonberry jam between layers.
Frost the top with coffee flavor Butter Cream Frosting.
If you are looking for lingonberries or lingonberry jam in ethnic European food markets, you may also find them called red whortleberries, cowberries, fox berries, mountain cranberries, mountain bilberries, or partridgeberries. They will all be the same ingredients for your lingonberry recipes!
Pronunciation: LIN-GHUN-BERRIES Also Known As: Tyttebær (in Norwegian and Danish), rauðber (in Icelandic), puolukka(in Finnish), and lingon (in Swedish).
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