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Swedish Apple-Lingonberry Cake

Servings: 6-8
What are Lingonberries?
This tiny Cowberry (Lingonberries are a member of the Cranberry family) grows wild in the mountainous regions of Scandinavia, Russia, Canada and in the state of Maine in the United States. The tart red berries are available fresh only in the regions where they're grown. They can be purchased as sweet sauces or preserves and jams, however, and make excellent accompaniments for pancakes, crêpes, puddings, etc. The name "lingonberry" originated in Sweden and is used in Canada and America.

© Copyright Barron's Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on The Food Lover's Companion, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.

About this recipe:
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is packed with excellent hotels, great shopping, and some of the best restaurants in Europe. The Operakallaren Restaurant was opened a little over two hundred years ago and has been a gastronomic landmark from the start. Operakallaren is home to one of Europe's leading chefs...Werner Vogeli, and this is his recipe for Swedish Apple Lingonberry Cake.

3 tablespoons milk
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 large baking apples, peeled and cored, and cut in half horizontally
1/2 cup lingonberry jam *(see notes below)
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Extra butter and flour, for greasing and flouring pan

Garnish (optional)
Whipped Cream

1). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Butter an 8 or 9-inch (20cm or 23cm) springform pan and lightly dust with flour.

2). In a bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and the almond and vanilla extracts. Mix well.

3). In a second bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add the softened butter and half of the milk-egg mixture to the dry ingredients.

4). Using an electric mixer at low speed, blend until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 1 1/2 minutes. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining milk-egg mixture. Mix at medium speed for 2 minutes.

5). Pour the batter into the pan. Carefully place the apple halves, flat side down, in the pan. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the lingonberry jam into each of the apple holes (which were the apple cores).

6). Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, or until it's golden brown and a wooden skewer, toothpick, or cake tester inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.

7). Remove cake from oven and place on rack to cool in pan for 20 minutes. Run a knife or a rubber spatula around edge of cake in pan, and then release sides of springform pan. Let cake cool on rack completely. When cake has cooled completely, lightly dust top with confectioners’ sugar before serving. Slice in wedges and serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Lingonberry Jam may be purchased online at The Northerner: http://www.northerner.com. Jarred Lingonberries in sugar or Lingonberry Jam or Preserves may also be found at some gourmet food stores, at some supermarkets and at some food stores online.

A guest to Diana's Desserts website, Choo Teck Poh, who lives in Malaysia, says she has found Lingonberry Jam at Ikea (the Swedish furniture store).

Makes 6-8 servings.

Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2003

Source: Eating Well
Date: July 26, 2003