Trollkrem (Norwegian Lingonberry Mousse)
This Norwegian Trollkrem, aka the easiest dessert in the world, is a great dairy free recipe to have up your sleeve for when you have unexpected guests! Sweet, tart and oh so creamy!
I can’t believe I’m almost in my third trimester! And there’s still so much to be done…
Other than setting up the nursery, spring cleaning the apartment (cause I don’t wanna bring a baby into a dirty mess) and planning/freaking out over the whole birth part (which I try not to think about too much), there’s also the logistics part of figuring out what is going to happen the day of, for example who’s going to take our dog Lola.
I also would love if I managed to cook a bunch of dishes and freeze them for postpartum life.
This is my first baby so I have no idea what the etiquette is for when receiving guests who are coming to meet the baby. Do I have to feed them a meal? Coffee and cookies? Should I even be stressing about this now? Probably not! But I’m a hostess by nature, so of course I’ve been thinking about all the possible scenarios.
Well, good thing I have a very easy dessert up my sleeve: Trollkrem, or Troll Cream in English. So easy that even a sleep deprived new mom can whip up in no time!
It is usually served for New Year’s Eve in Norway, but it makes the perfect dessert for spring and/or summer, doesn’t it?
I’m really excited about this post, because I don’t usually post Scandinavian recipes.
Not only I’ve never been to that part of the world, but I’m honestly not very familiar with their cuisine. Time to remedy that, for sure! I should start with one of the many Nordic restaurants in Manhattan. A simple Google search had me drooling over all the delicious photos of their dishes. Everything looks so fresh and seasonal!
I’d be curious to see if any of those places serve Trollkrem though… since it is such a simple recipe, I’m not sure I’d be willing to spend the big bucks to eat it at a fancy restaurant. Call me cheap, but I’d get the check right after main course and then come home to make my own! ?
Despite the name – which references trolls, which are mythological Norwegian creatures that live in isolated rocks, mountains or caves -, this dessert is not what you’d call kid friendly.
The lingonberries are tart and bitter, so in my opinion Trollkrem is more suitable for adult palates.
It is not overly sweet either. Sure, you could add some sugar, but I really wanted the lingonberries to shine! Another option, if making this for kids, would be using another type of berry jam, like strawberry or blueberry. But then it wouldn’t be Trollkrem… And God knows what happens when you mess with the trolls! ???
The first time I tried lingonberries jam was in a famous Swedish furniture store here in NYC. It was served along these delicious and creamy meatballs and I was in love! I would never in a million years think of serving berry jam with meatballs, but somehow that tasted like it was the best combination in the world.
It was during the Winter Food Show in San Francisco that I tried Felix Lingoberries. Oh my goodness! Where was this jam all my life? I know where… in Sweden, of course. Unfortunately, lingonberries are not popular in Brazil, so it took me almost 30 years to try it.
Felix Lingonberries are the leading lingonberry jam in Sweden and the USA, and they come in four different flavors: Original, Lingonberry with Blueberry, Lingonberry with Ginger and Lingonberry with Spiced Apple and Cinnamon. So many delicious savory dishes and desserts can benefit from this jam, or you can simply enjoy it on your toast, waffles or pancakes!
Many Swedes are accustomed to picking their own wild berries in the woods. We can’t quite do this here in the US, at least not in NYC, so I’m glad Felix does it for me! Besides, even if I could, I don’t really see myself braving through the forest and possibly encountering some berry loving bears. A trip to the air conditioned grocery store seems more like my thing! ?
Now, I realize some people might be scared of the raw egg whites in this recipe.
Eggs in the US are pasteurized and are a lot safer than said to be believed. If you go to a fancy restaurant, chances are the mayo they use and their Caesar salad and Hollandaise dressings are made with raw eggs!
I wouldn’t be 100% honest if I didn’t warn you that yes, there is a small risk of salmonella in raw eggs. However, a study made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2002 indicated that approximately one in every 30,000 eggs is contaminated with salmonella. That’s about .003% of all commercially produced eggs.
There’s a few things you can do to reduce your risk:
- Buy your eggs from local small family farms or choose cage-free, organic eggs.
- Always refrigerate your eggs at or below 40F degrees.
- Never use an egg if you accidentally dropped part of the shell into the yolk or egg whites, as the salmonella bacteria usually lives on the exterior of the shell.
- Thoroughly wash your hands and utensils before handling raw eggs.
- This might sound obvious, but don’t use eggs past the use-by date on the carton.
If you’re not comfortable with the small amount of risk, you can always buy those pasteurized egg whites only that come in little jar cartons at the refrigerated section in your supermarket. Or you can pasteurize your own eggs by putting them in 140F degrees water for 4 minutes. The water is not hot enough to cook them, but will kill bacteria.
Finally, if you are pregnant like me, wait until your bundle of joy is here as pregnant women are more sensitive to bacterias and shouldn’t consume raw eggs! ?
- 2 egg whites
- 1 (10 ounces) jar Felix Lingoberries jam
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds of half a vanilla bean
- Pinch of salt
Today, I’m proud to announce an amazing giveaway where one lucky winner will win assorted Felix Jams.
One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winner must have a U.S.-based address to receive the prize.