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Grace your humble abode with the splendor of a little Norwegian festive spirit with our sumptuously soft and creamy Multekrem recipe, and take your tastebuds on a journey through the wild snow forests of Scandinavia.
In a similar vein to its cousin Trollkrem, Multekrem delivers some truly mind-blowing levels of texture and flavor when you consider how few ingredients the dish uses.
Literally meaning ‘multe (cloudberry) cream’, Multekrem can be made in a matter of minutes, yet can leave a smile on the face of you, your family, and dinner guests for hours on end!
What is Multekrem?
In essence, Multerekm is a gloriously simple dish of cloudberries mixed with whipped cream. The result is a fluffy, creamy dessert that has a dreamy soft texture, and delivers a tart, sweet, yet well-balanced flavor.
In Norway, Multekrem traditionally is prepared as part of a conventional Christmas dinner. Hence, if you wanted to add a dash of authentic Norway to your household on Christmas day, preparing this dessert is a glorious way to do it.
Our recipe uses chilled cloudberry jam, making it wonderfully refreshing to enjoy during the summer months. However, Norwegians also prepare Multekrem with heated cloudberries or cloudberry jam, which can be a great way to enjoy it during the colder months and over the festive period. It’s entirely up to you!
What are Cloudberries?
Cloudberries grow in cool, alpine, and arctic regions. Wild cloudberries grow in snow forests in the likes of Canada, Greenland, North America, and the Nordic countries, and can be found in alpine regions further south, in the likes of the Scottish Highlands and Baltic states, such as Latvia and Lithuania.
Known for their tart, juicy flavor, cloudberries are somewhat of a hybrid between, say, a raspberry or blackberry, and a red currant. They are sweet, with hints of floral undertones, and very much a versatile fruit when it comes to cooking.
While not well known on a global scale, in Scandinavia, in particular, cloudberries are seen as something of a delicacy. Hence, it should come as no surprise they take center stage in this beloved Norwegian festive dish.
Our recipe calls for cloudberry jam, which naturally will be difficult to find in conventional supermarkets. However, we were lucky enough to find cloudberry jam sold in Ikea, so if you do want to make this creamy dessert, be sure to take a trip to your nearest branch of arguably the world’s favorite Swedish department store before you begin in the kitchen.
To make our simple Multekrem recipe, you will only need the following four ingredients:
- Double Cream or Heavy Cream – 250 ml or 1 cup
- Cloudberry Jam – 200g (7oz)
- Vanilla Extract – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – a pinch of salt
Step 1 – Add the cream, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl, and use your electric hand whisk to whip the cream into a lusciously thick yet fluffy consistency (soft peaks), as shown below.
Step 2 – Add your cloudberry jam to the mixture, and use a spatula to fold the jam into the thick, fluffy cream until everything is mixed.
Step 3 – You are now ready to serve! Divide up the Multekrem, and serve each portion in a bowl or tall glass. You can garnish it with various fruits, and a dollop of cloudberry jam on top is a common way to enjoy Multekrem. We have opted for a sprig of mint, to add a wonderfully fresh aroma and a dash of glorious green color to the dish.
Multekream truly is wonderfully creamy. By whipping and then folding the cream, you create this luscious texture that has the dollops and folds of, say, clotted cream, while retaining the fluffiness of whipped cream.
The cloudberries mixed in add a beautiful shade of salmon to the snow-white cream, with speckles of indigo and orange. It’s such an easy-to-make dessert, and yet it brings a staggering amount of beauty to the table.
However, whenever, and for whomever you prepare this dessert, we hope its creamy texture and sweet flavor reserve a spot in both your heart and stomach for more than a little traditional Norwegian love!
Multekrem Recipe Card
- Double Cream or Heavy Cream - 250 ml or 1 cup
- Cloudberry Jam - 200g (7oz)
- Vanilla Extract - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - a pinch of salt
- Add the cream, vanilla extract, and salt to a mixing bowl, and use your electric hand whisk to whip the cream into a lusciously thick yet fluffy consistency (soft peaks), as shown below.
- Add your cloudberry jam to the mixture, and use a spatula to gently fold the jam into the thick, fluffy cream until everything is mixed.
- You are now ready to serve! Divide up the Multekrem, and serve each portion in a bowl or tall glass. You can garnish it with various fruits, and a dollop of cloudberry jam on top is a common way to enjoy Multekrem. We have opted for a sprig of mint, to add a wonderfully fresh aroma and a dash of glorious green color to the dish.
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Author: Doina is a content creator and home chef, passionate about traveling all over the world to try new foods and using them to evolve her cooking back home.