Three Recipes With Lingonberries – Jam, Porridge And Cake

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What To Do With Lingonberries

When you live in a country like Finland and close to the nature, picking berries in the woods is the most natural thing to do every fall. There are a lot of lingonberries in the woods here. Some people pick them and sell them. It's quite a good price you are paid for the lingonberries if you want to make some extra money. Even people from Asia and eastern European countries come here to pick lingonberries to earn money. It's a little crazy actually, but I think it's a good thing.

I just pick lingonberries for me and my family. Most of it a put in the freezer and we eat them during the winter. It's very usual around here to make lingonberry jam. People eat it with all kinds of food. It's very good with red meat. I also eat lingonberry jam on my oatmeal porridge. You can use lingonberries or lingonberry jam in cakes too or make porridge from them. I'll show you all three things in this article.

Making Lingonberry Jam

Put a little water and the lingonberries in a pan.
Put a little water and the lingonberries in a pan. | Source
Add the jam sugar.
Add the jam sugar. | Source
It's boiling.
It's boiling. | Source
Take away the foam that's on the surface.
Take away the foam that's on the surface. | Source
Let the jam cool in the pan for 30 minutes before you put it in jars.
Let the jam cool in the pan for 30 minutes before you put it in jars. | Source
Taste it! :)
Taste it! :) | Source
Write what you have in the jar and the date you made it..
Write what you have in the jar and the date you made it.. | Source

Lingonberry Jam


To make lingonberry jam you only need three ingredients.

4,4 lbs lingonberries

3,4 oz water

2,2 lbs jam sugar


Measure the water and put it in a pan. Then put the berries in the pan. Heat it until it starts steaming. Add jam sugar while stirring. Heat slowly and let it boil for 15 minutes. Tak it off the hob and let it cool for 30 minutes until the berries don't come up to the surface anymore. You can stirr it every now and then while cooling. Take the foam off the surface.

I actually take the foam off while the jam is cooking. I've seen my mother do it and I don't really know what the difference is if you take it off before or after it has stopped boiling. I also added a little granulated sugar in my jam.

Put the jam in heated jars. Way lids on the jars. After 24 hours the jam has solidified. Keep your jam in a cool or cold place. You can put it in the feezer if you'd like. Enjoy your lingonberry jam with your meals during the winter.


Some tips!

Make sure you write what you have in the jar and the date you made it. Sometimes I have berries in the freezer for years and you can't save them forever if you don't eat them. I'm sure we'll eat this lingonberry jam within some weeks. I didn't make that much jam as in the recipe. I just made jam out of 1 lbs lingonberries. Make sure you use jam sugar. It contains pectin that makes the jam thick.

That looked easy, don't you agree? Making jam is easy. Lingonberries are quite sour. That's why I added some regular or granulated sugar. If you have sweeter berries, you don't need that much sugar.

We are all different. Make a jam you want and taste it while it's boiling. I usually prefer sour lingonberry jam.


Pat Porridge


This is something I grew up with. It's a porrige made of lingonberries and semolina. You can eat it while its warm, but I think it tastes better when you eat it cold with some milk. This is how I make ”pat porridge”.

8,5 oz lingonberries

50 oz water

10 oz sugar

6,7 oz semolina

(vanilla sugar)

I put everything in a pan and heat it until it starts boiling. I boil everything for 10 – 15 minutes. I then use a strainer to get rid of the lingonberries and leave the juice. You can leave the berries in if you prefer, but I like a smooth porridge without berries. I then heat the juice until it starts boiling and whisk the semolina in it. Stirr it while boiling at a low temperature for 5 – 10 minutes until it thickens. I usually add some vanilla sugar and stirr when it's finished.

Put the hot pan in cold water and whisk the porridge for a couple of minutes until it gets fluffy. The color gets a little lighter too. Enjoy this sweet and sour pink porridge with sugar and milk.


Some tips!


You can make pat porridge from fresh berries or frozen berries. You can also use lingonberry jam, but don't add that much sugar then. Pat porridge can also be made from other berries.


Making Pat Porridge

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Put lingonberries and water in a pan.Add sugar.Let it boil for a while.Use a strainer to remove the berries.Put the juice back in the pan.When it starts boiling again, add the semolina while whisking.Stirr for some minutes until it thickens.Add i little vanilla sugar.Whip the porridge until it gets fluffy and get a lighter color.
Put lingonberries and water in a pan.
Put lingonberries and water in a pan. | Source
Add sugar.
Add sugar. | Source
Let it boil for a while.
Let it boil for a while. | Source
Use a strainer to remove the berries.
Use a strainer to remove the berries. | Source
Put the juice back in the pan.
Put the juice back in the pan. | Source
When it starts boiling again, add the semolina while whisking.
When it starts boiling again, add the semolina while whisking. | Source
Stirr for some minutes until it thickens.
Stirr for some minutes until it thickens. | Source
Add i little vanilla sugar.
Add i little vanilla sugar. | Source
Whip the porridge until it gets fluffy and get a lighter color.
Whip the porridge until it gets fluffy and get a lighter color. | Source

Lingonberry Cake

Enjoy your lingonberry cake with vanilla suace and a cup of coffee.
Enjoy your lingonberry cake with vanilla suace and a cup of coffee. | Source

Making Lingonberry Cake

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Mix wheat meal, sugar and baling powder.Add butter.Mix it all together.Add an egg.After adding the egg, stirr everything together.Put it in the greased baking pan.Make it flat.Add lingonberries or jam.Mix oat meal, sugar, vanilla sugar and butter together for the topping.Spread the mixed ingredients on top of the blingonberries.Bake the cake, take it out from the owen and let it cool before cutting the cake into pieces.
Mix wheat meal, sugar and baling powder.
Mix wheat meal, sugar and baling powder. | Source
Add butter.
Add butter. | Source
Mix it all together.
Mix it all together. | Source
Add an egg.
Add an egg.
After adding the egg, stirr everything together.
After adding the egg, stirr everything together. | Source
Put it in the greased baking pan.
Put it in the greased baking pan. | Source
Make it flat.
Make it flat. | Source
Add lingonberries or jam.
Add lingonberries or jam. | Source
Mix oat meal, sugar, vanilla sugar and butter together for the topping.
Mix oat meal, sugar, vanilla sugar and butter together for the topping. | Source
Spread the mixed ingredients on top of the blingonberries.
Spread the mixed ingredients on top of the blingonberries. | Source
Bake the cake, take it out from the owen and let it cool before cutting the cake into pieces.
Bake the cake, take it out from the owen and let it cool before cutting the cake into pieces. | Source

Lingonberry Cake


You can make this with lingonberry jam or whole lingonberries, or some other berries. You need a cake pan with the measures 7,9 x 11,8 inches (30 x 40 cm). Grease the cake pan before starting.


The crust

15 oz wheat flour

5 oz sugar

1 tbs baking powder

5,3 oz butter

1 egg


The filling

6,8 oz lingonberry jam or 13,5 oz lingonberries


The topping

5 oz oatmeal

3,4 oz sugar

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1,8 oz butter

For the crust: Mix wheat flour, sugar and baking powder together. Add the butter and stirr it together. Add the egg and mix everything. Put everything in the cake pan and press it out on the bottom. Put the lingonberry jam or the lingonberries on top. I use frozen lingonberries. I mix them with a little sugar to make them sweeter and some potato meal to bind the water that comes from the berries while the cake is being baked.

For the top: Mix all the ingredients together and put them on top of the lingonberries in the pan. Bake the cake for 20 – 30 minutes in the owen between 347 – 392 Fahrenheit degrees (150 – 200 Celsius degrees). Take out the cake and let it cool before you slice it into pieces. Enjoy the lingonberry cake with some vanilla sauce and a cup of coffee.

Eating Pat Porridge

My daughter is having pat porridge with some milk and sugar.
My daughter is having pat porridge with some milk and sugar. | Source

Lingonberry blooms

The lingonberry blooms are white or pink. This photo is taken outside my door.
The lingonberry blooms are white or pink. This photo is taken outside my door. | Source

Facts About Lingonberries

Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are very common in Scandinavia. They are small, shiny red berries growing in the wild on evergreen shrubs. They ususalyy grow on dry land, but you can find them in other places in the woods too. Lingonberries taste is a little bitter and are distant related to cranberries. They contain natural preservatives and pectin. You can keep them for a long time in room temperature if you put them in water or stir the lingonberries with sugar. That's why these berries were easy to keep already hundreds of years ago.

The lingonberries are blooming from May to July and are ready to pick in August and September.

The name "lingonberries" comes from the Swedish name "lingon". Lingonberries are also called red whortleberries, cowberries, fox berries,mountain cranberries, mountain bilberries or partridgeberries.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the color of your eyes....such a bright blue!

I have never even heard of these berries; we certainly don't have them here in Washington. Very interesting hub....I love fresh-homemade jelly and jam.

Sending you hugs from the States

bill


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I am not familiar with these berries but I have never met a berry I didn't like. haha These look delicious and I like the simple recipe. Thanks.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Bill, I was born that blue eyed and act like it too, lol! :) I was going to make jam today so I thought I could write a hub about it at the same time. It took me the whole day when I decided to make the porridge and cake too. I guess I need to add some facts about lingonberries in this hub. Thank you so much. Sending you lingonberry-hugs with much sugar from Finland. :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Pamela99, these berries aren't very good if you eat them in the woods. They are refreshing but not sweet. I'm sure they contain many good things our bodies need. Thank you for stopping by. :)


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

Great Hub. I have seen jars of lingon berry jam but never the fresh berries here in Wisconsin.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Any kind of berries have loads of antioxidants and this one looks red and delicious.

Will venture into it, thanks Made :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

rjsadowski, I'm sure some Swedes or Finns migrated to Wisconsin a long time ago and brought their lingonberry jam recipe with them. Lol! Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Ruschira, I'm sure they have a lot of antioxidants. Delicious, I don't know. I would say edible. With much sugar and in cakes they are delicious. :) Thank you Ruchira. Enjoy your weekend!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing these recipes and the pictures


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Mhatter99, thank you for reading another of my hubs. :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I too have seen lingonberry jam on the shelves in North Dakota as there are a lot of Scandinavian folks around these parts. Even a few here in Montana. :) Excellent recipes and they look so easy and delicious!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

TToombs08, I think lingonberries grow somewhere in northern parts of America, but I'm not sure. Thank you! :)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Madeleine -

As with most here, am not familiar with ligonberries. However, I'm sure that the preparations you displayed could well work with many of our own offerings. Great Job and very interesting!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

rcrumple, thank you! I'm glad you found this hub interesting. :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have eaten these berries but did not know they could be made into jam, porridge and cake.

Madeline, thanks for sharing.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Vinaya, finally I have met somebody else who have seen and eaten these rare berries, although in Finland they are nothing but rare. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. It's much appreciated. :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I just learned something new today. I never heard of these berries, but they sure look good. Reminds me of strawberries....

Interesting Hub. I voted it UP, and shared.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Oh yes, I read it, and loved those eyes. :)


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Oh my your daughter is adorable ^_^ All these recipes sound so yummy, I'm going to have to see if I can find these in my area! Luckily I'm going to the farmers market monday so I don't have to wait long. This is certainly one to pin and share!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've never had lingonberries but they look very similar to cranberries. I am wondering if I could adapt your recipes to cranberries. I'll let you know if I try this. Thanks for the recipes. Your daughter is very pretty.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

The recipes are outstanding, not sure if we'd get lingon berries here but I've certainly heard of them and I'm sure they can source them. what is even more delightful is the adorable pictures of you and your daughter. You both have such gorgeous, mesmerising eyes. thank you for this great hub!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

mary615, these berries are much smaller than strawberries and taste a little bitter. Thank you for voting and sharing! :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Bill, what can I say? You make me smile. :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Mama Kim 8, I hope you will find these berries. I added some facts about lingonberries. Maybe you can find them with a different name. I really appreciate the pinning ans sharing. Thank you! :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Just Ask Susan, I think it would be possible to adapt the recipes to cranberries. Lingonberries are distant related to cranberries. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Docmo, I think they are called cowberries in the UK, but I'm not sure. I added some facts about the berries. I guess my daughter has her mother's eyes. :) Thank you so much! You are always very kind and supportive.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

your daughter is really pretty Made.. i never heard of lingonberries before.thanks for this!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

unknown spy, thank you for stopping by. :)


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Thank you Made... I did a search and it seems Oregon actually has a farm or two that specialize in them! I feel like a lucky duck ^_^


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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

Your pictures of when you make lingonberry jam, bring back so many fond memories of my youth. Every year my parents always went to pick "lingon" and brought me along with them. Well, I never picked many lingonberries, since I was more interested to find blueberries to eat. So after a day, my hands, lips and clothes was usually blue of all the blueberries, and with an aching tummy, lol. However, my parents brought home a lot of lingonberries that my mum used to make jam to last for a whole year. Beautiful hub Made and your daughter is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing this.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Mama Kim 8, that's great! I'm glad you found these berries over there. :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Break of Dawn, I'm glad if I can bring back good memories from the past. Usually children eat more berries than they pick. Blueberries taste much better than lingonberries so I can see why you chose them over lingonberries. People "must have" lingonberry jam in the freezer to last for a whole year - at least in this part of the world. :)

Thank you so much for reading this hub, S. I really appreciate your support, your kindness and your friendship. Kram :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Greta recipe for these baby berries from my POV. Nicely done Madeleine! Beautiful daughter. Thanks for taking your time in writing thi hub.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Lord De Cross. It took me a while to write it, but it was all worth it. :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....a labor of love from a lovely lady ......and I surely do appreciate your time and efforts here - perhaps you should start your own cook book - this is the stuff which dreams are made of - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 11:54am


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

epigramman, writing a cook book is a good idea, but I'm no good at cooking. Lol! I guess I need to find something else to write a book about. Thank you for your warm wishes. I'm sending you warm, Finnish wishes back. :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written hub, i have not heard of these berries before but thought these recipes were very awesome ones and sound real delicious . Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

kashmir56, I'm glad you like these recipes. Thanks for voting. :)


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Farmer Rachel 3 years ago from Minnesota

AWESOME recipes! I don't think we have lingonberries but we have black and red raspberries in the woods. I pick them and make wine, but that cake looks delicious! I'll have to try baking a cake next summer.

By the way, I realized you speak swedish instead of finnish? I guess that's pretty common on Finland, or no? I'm going to be moving to Minnesota in the next year or so, and there are communities of Finnish-Americans there. I plan to learn Finnish!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Rachel. I have not tried to make any wine from berries, but I know some people around here who do.

Only 5 % of the population in Finland speak Swedish. I have learned Finnish in school, but it's a difficult language to learn. I wish I could have learned it as a little child. I understand Finnish when people are speaking it, but when I try to speak it, I can't find the words. Good luck with learning Finnish! It's like no other language, lol! :)


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Farmer Rachel 3 years ago from Minnesota

Hey Made, wow that's not very encouraging LOL! I learned when I was a teenager how to saw "hello" and "My name is..." but now, of course, I forget. We'll see how it goes!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Rachel, anything is possible - even learning Finnish. :)


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Louise Lately 3 years ago from London, UK

I looove lingonberry jam! Thank you for the recipe:) very useful


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Louise Lately, you're welcome. Your comment reminds me that I should make some more jam from the lingonberries I have in my freezer. Thank you! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'll have some jam, porridge and cake. I wasn't hungry until I started reading your hub. Your daughter is beautiful, as is her mother :)


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Linda, I'm glad you liked this hub. I really appreciate your visit. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

We have friends from Sweden and they talk about lingonberries and cloud berries. I wish we had them here in Peru! I just love berries. Peru has recently begun to produce blueberries, raspberries and blackberries so you never know, maybe someday we'll have lingonberries. I also enjoy cranberries so I'm sure these are delicious. Thanks for some yummy recipes!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

vespawolf, berries are great. I have eaten "pat porridge" the past three days now. It's really good when it's cold and you eat it with sugar and milk. Cloudberries are great with vanilla icecream. I appreciate your visit. Thank you! :)

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