Last time I was at IKEA, I couldn't help but pick up a package of their Finax Lingonberry Bread mix. After all, could there really be a better combination than homemade bread and lingonberries?
One look at the picture on the package told me that I'd be baking a yeasted bread rather than the fruited quick bread I'd expected at first glance. "Hmmmm, interesting," I thought.
I was pleased both with the ease with which my two loaves came together (basically all you do is combine the mix with the included yeast packet, add water, knead, allow to rise, form into loaves, and bake – if you have a stand mixer, there's very little actual time or "hand's-on" labor involved). The smell of the peasant-like loaves as they baked was glorious, and as a confirmed dark bread lover, I was delighted with the dense texture and strong whole-grain flavor of the finished bread.
The only thing missing in my beautiful loaves was … well … lingonberries. Even with my new bifocals I could hardly spot one in the mix, and they totally eluded my sophisticated taste buds (capable of distinguishing ten different types of pickled herring). Good thing I had some great lingonberry preserves on hand to spread on top!
Please read my full review here.
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