As part of Project Food Blog's Challenge #2 we are to tackle a foreign cuisine outside our comfort zone (though, almost anything would be outside mine).
I've chosen a Scandinavian dessert called Upside-Down Lingonberry Muffins. My husband and I both have Norwegian ancestry, plus we currently live in a Norwegian community. We are not originally from this area, so have enjoyed learning many of the fabulous Scandinavian dishes. Every fall we partake in kumla suppers and our neighbor often shares her blue-ribbon kringla.
To make Upside-Down Lingonberry Muffins, start by mixing the dry ingredients below.
Once mixed, add the following wet ingredients. The final batter will be lumpy.
This recipe makes 12 small muffins, but I decided to make six large ones instead. Make sure you grease the muffin tray first. Add the preserves to the bottom of the muffin indents, then pour the batter on top. The original recipe also required sugar and butter be added to the berries within each indent, but I left this out since I was using preserves. I did learn that this batter rises quite a bit, so you may want to leave about an inch at the top.
Pop into the oven for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Since I made six large ones, the 25 minutes worked perfectly. If you make smaller ones, 20 minutes may be more appropriate. Remove from the oven and allow to cool about ten minutes. Place a plate top facing down onto muffins, then flip muffins over onto plate (gently, of course). You may have to scoop out the extra berries and place them on top.
My favorite part of this recipe is the berry smell while they are cooking. Wow! The final result actually has a biscuit taste and texture. The salty texture of the muffin combined with the sweet berries is a great combination. Perfect with tea or a coffee break.
I am really veering from my blog intent by including photographs, but I wanted to show you that I did indeed bake these fabulous muffins.
Recipe gently borrowed from About.com: Scandinavian Food. Original recipe from the Bellingham Damekor's A Lingonberry Cookbook.