How to Make Swedish Crispbread – knäckebröd

Recently my daughter Heidi and I have been exploring different types of crispbread recipes and the history of crispbread.  Crispbread has a fascinating history tracing back to 500 A.D. from central Sweden.  The tradition back in 500 A.D. was to make round wafers with a whole in the center.  The wafers were dried on a stick under a roof.

Crispbread on a stick
Crispbread on a stick

About 500 years ago, traditional crispbread was invented as the way we know it with ingredients of wholemeal rye flour, salt and water.

Rolling pins were not invented in the Nordic countries.  In many countries, homemade wooden rolling pins were made for the household in order to roll and flatten out the bread.  Over time rolling pins were developed and designed for different purposes.  In Leksand, Sweden it became the center of making various handcrafted items such as wooden rolling pins during the early industrialization.  As well Leksand, Sweden is famous for making Swedish crispbread too.

Heidi purchased for me a Swedish deep notched wooden rolling pin called Kruskavel to make the traditional Swedish crispbread. This deep notched rolling pin scores rye or oat bread dough to make knäckebröds, or Swedish hardtack.

Swedish deep notched rolling pin
A Swedish deep notched rolling pin.

There two types of Kruskavels used to make the Swedish crispbread.  One type of rolling pin has flat knobs and the other has pointier knobs. The type Heidi purchased has the pointy knobs which is better to use for crispbread which is in the photos. This type of wooden rolling pin makes it easy to make a pattern on the dough.

Swedish deep notched rolling pin
Deep notches on the Swedish rolling pin.

As well the deep notches on the Swedish rolling pin keeps the bread from rising.  This creates a thin and crispy Swedish crispbread “knäckebröd”.   A flat crispbread is easy to stack and store too.

Stacking crisp bread
Stacking the large circular crisp bread on a plate.

However if you don’t have this special rolling pin you can easily use a fork to create a pattern too.

Swedish crispbread ingredients
Swedish Crispbread ingredients.


1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups wholewheat rye flour
2 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp instant dried yeast

Crispbread toppings.
Crispbread toppings.

Crispbread Toppings:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp caraway seeds

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1. Heat the cream and water together until warm to the touch.

Water and cream in a pot.
Water and cream in a pot.

2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the yeast and stir.
3. Add the water mixture into the flour mixture.  Mix everything together to form a dough.

Mix flour mixture with warm water mixture.
Mix flour mixture with warm water mixture.

4. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes.
5. Place the large ball of dough in a bowl, cover bowl with a cloth and leave the bowl somewhere warm for 20-30 minutes.

Cover the dough with a towel.
Cover the dough with a towel.

6. Preheat the oven to 450F.
7. Next roll the dough out using an ordinary rolling pin. Roll out a thin as possible circle, 8-10 inches in diameter.  Use a plate to cut out a perfect circle.

Use a plate to cut out a perfect circle
Use a plate to cut out a perfect circle.

8. Sprinkle on top of the dough with the salt, sesame seeds and cumin seeds.
9. Roll again the dough with the Swedish wooden rolling pin.  This will help the topping stick to the dough too.

Roll Swedish rolling pin over the dough.
Roll Swedish rolling pin over the dough.

If you do not have the Sweden rolling pin, you can make a pattern on the surface using a fork.

Prick the dough with a fork.
Prick the dough with a fork.

10. Bake at a degree of 450 F for 4 to 5 minutes.
11. Take the crispbread out of the oven.  Flip the bread to bake the other side.

Flip crispbread.
Flip crispbread.

Then bake the crispbread for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Serve these thin and crispy Swedish crispbreads “knäckebröd”with butter, cheese, or any savory spread.  🍽️

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