Swedish limpa bread

    4 hours

    This is a traditional Swedish rye bread. Be sure that the seeds you use for this bread are fresh. You may substitute wholemeal flour for the rye flour. I prefer wholemeal. Gluten flour, a very important ingredient in this recipe, may be found in most health food shops.

    15 people made this

    Serves: 15 

    • 300ml (11 fl oz) boiling water
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
    • 4 tablespoons bulgur wheat
    • 50g (2 oz) butter
    • 2 1/4 tablespoons treacle
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 150g (5 oz) rye flour
    • 200g (7 oz) bread flour
    • 1 dessertspoon dried active baking yeast
    • 1 dessertspoon gluten flour
    • 3 tablespoons buttermilk

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:4hr 

    1. Combine fennel seeds, cumin seeds, caraway seeds, bulgur wheat, butter, treacle and orange zest with the boiling water. Soak for 1 hour to meld flavours and soften the bulgur.
    2. Add bulgur mixture with the bicarbonate of soda, rye flour, bread flour, yeast, gluten flour and buttermilk into the pan of a bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the cycle for White Bread and the Light Crust setting. Press Start.

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    One word. Horrible.  -  25 Oct 2014


    This was just plain weird. I am Swedish and we have Limpa bread every Christmas. I decided to try making my own this year and did this recipe first. I thought the addition of cumin was strange from the get-go and I was right. Cumin is NOT a scandinavian spice. If you want authentic Limpa, leave out the cumin and add anise instead. I found a better recipe that used brown sugar, molassas, caraway, anise, fennel and orange juice. That one came out perfect.  -  28 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My grandmother use to bake this bread for Christmas...it was GREAT!!!  -  28 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)