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Homemade Crispbread (knäckebröd)

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Before we venture into our culinary journey, let’s start with a little history. Crispbread, also known as knäckebröd in Sweden, is a type of flat and dry bread containing mostly rye flour. It has been a staple in Nordic countries for centuries. In the old days, the traditional round crispbread had a hole in the middle so it could be stored on a pole above the fire and stay dry during the long Scandinavian winters. Today, it’s loved worldwide for its crisp texture and mild, slightly nutty flavor.

Homemade Crispbread (knäckebröd)

Course: SidesDifficulty: Medium


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Crispbread is versatile, easy to make, and a healthier alternative to regular bread. Today, I’ll share with you my favorite recipe for homemade crispbread.


  • 200 grams whole grain rye flour

  • 50 grams all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 200 ml water

  • Caraway, fennel, or sesame seeds (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (approximately 392°F). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rye flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add the water, stirring until the mixture forms a smooth dough.
  • Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a thin circle, about the thickness of a coin.
  • If you’re using seeds, sprinkle them over the top of the dough circles now, gently pressing them in with the rolling pin.
  • Transfer the rolled-out dough onto the prepared baking tray. Using a fork, prick each circle all over to prevent puffing during baking.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are crisp and slightly golden.
  • Allow the crispbread to cool on the tray – it will continue to harden as it cools down.

Enjoy your homemade crispbread as is, or top it with your favorite spread, cheese, or cold cuts. This crispbread recipe brings a piece of Scandinavian culture right into your kitchen. It’s an easy, healthy snack option that keeps well – just store it in an airtight container, and it’ll keep its crunch for weeks. Happy baking!

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