In school I learnt that blueberries is the English word for blåbär. It was not until quite recently, after reading some food blogs and posts with recipes, that I realized that it was all wrong. Suddenly it came to my knowledge that our Swedish blueberries that I love to pick are actually bilberries! The problem is linguistic; for some reason both blueberries and bilberries translates to the Swedish word blåbär. To separate the different berries from each other the ones called blueberries are often called American blueberries (amerikanska blåbär) or even garden blueberries sometimes. Both berries are blue, but the blueberry has a white interior and tastes a bit sweet while the bilberry is completely blue with fairly acidic flavour and smells of forest. To make it even more confusing there’s also a variant called bog bilberry.
To choose my favourite berry between blueberries and bilberries is easy. I love bilberries, directly from a bilberry bush during a walk in the forest or in a luke warm pie served with vanilla custard. They are also great in simple muffins, like these ones that I quickly made for breakfast on our first wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago.
(makes 6 large ones)
100 gram butter
125 caster sugar (infused with vanilla)
250 ml flour
1 tsp baking soda
zest from 0.5 lemon
50 ml thick greek yoghurt
200 ml bilberries
Preheat the oven to either 200 degrees C (ordinary oven) or 175 degrees C (fan oven).
In a bowl, beat butter and sugar with en electric mixer until white and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, while beating. Add lemon zest, flour and baking soda. Combine. Add the bilberries and combine.
Fill muffin molds up to 3/4 with the help of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your molds. Just make sure they won’t get too dry as you want moist and nice muffins.
If you want to you can pour some fondant glaze over the muffins, which you make of icing sugar combined with a small amount of water. I really like the strawberry flavoured icing sugar, so I tend to use that one.