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.

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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Instructions:
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.

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

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Strawberry Ricotta Cheese Crispbread with Honey & Almonds – Knäckebröd

Did you know that knäckebröd was invented in Sweden around 500 AD? In the 1800’s, crispbread became common to serve in the Nordic households.  In the Nordic countries Crisp bread is known as

  • Danish: knækbrød
  • Norwegian: knekkebrød
  • Finnish: näkkileipä
  • Icelandic: hrökkbrauð
  • Faroese: knekkbreyð
  • Swedish: knäckebröd, spisbröd, hårdbröd

Traditionally, crispbread is made of wholemeal rye flour, salt and water. There are many other kinds of crispbread including with wheat flour, spices, seeds and grains.  As well there are different thicknesses and shapes of crispbreads.

With my Danish family, we always have crispbread (in Danish knækbrød) in a kitchen cabinet.. It make sense as the crispbread can stay fresh for a long time. Traditionally, we have crispbread with a slice of cheese or jam for breakfast, lunch or snack.

Here is a modern way of serving crispbread almost like a fruit pizza. Cool ricotta cheese spread over a simple crispbread with fresh sliced strawberries and drizzled honey! Delicious to eat on a warm day.

Strawberry Ricotta Cheese Crispbread with Honey & Almonds Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • crispbread
  • ricotta cheese
  • strawberries
  • honey
  • sliced almonds
  1. First wash and remove the stems fresh strawberries.  Slice the strawberries in a vertical cut so it is long slice.
  2. Arrange crispbread into a circle. If you have rectangle crispbread then arrange the crispbread in a large rectangle. I like to have the circles or bumps on the crispbread facing up when arranging it.

    arrange crispbread in circle
    Arrange the triangle pieces of crispbread into a circle like a pizza.
  3. Add a tablespoon of ricotta cheese on each crispbread.

    crispbread ricotta cheese
    Place a tablespoon of ricotta cheese onto the crispbread.
  4. Ricotta cheese is easy and smooth to spread across the crispbread. Keep adding more ricotta cheese until all the crispbreads are completely covered.

    Spread ricotta cheese on the crispbread.
    Spread ricotta cheese on the crispbread.
  5. Top the crispbread with sliced strawberries.  Arrange the sliced strawberries as a circular pattern over the ricotta cheese.

    Arrange strawberries on crispbread.
    Arrange sliced strawberries on crispbread.
  6. Drizzle honey over the sliced strawberries.

    drizzle honey
    Drizzle honey over the strawberries.
  7. Sprinkle with almonds.

    sprinkle almonds
    Sprinkle sliced almonds over the sliced strawberries.
  8. Add mint leaves in the center for garnish.

Fresh sliced strawberries over ricotta cheese on crispbread is so refreshing especially during the summer. Love this no-bake style fruit pizza. The honey and sliced almonds gives an extra layer of sweetness and crunchiness too.

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Swedish egg-anchovy sandwich called Gubbröra


I happen to love dill in my recipes and grow it in my yard. Dill grows pretty easy and I use it on my sandwiches, with scrambled eggs, and on potatoes. Recently, I have been making Swedish recipes that includes dill.  Here is one of Swedish famous dishes that has dill as a garnish. This Swedish egg-anchovy sandwich is easy to make with simple ingredients. Gubbröra translates to Old Man’s Mix.

Gubbröra is one of Swedish famous dishes.  This Swedish egg-anchovy sandwich is easy to make and called Gubbröra means Old Man’s Mix.  The Swedish anchovies are actually sprats or in Swedish called skarpsill.  However, if you are not able to find skarpsill then regulary anchovies are great with the egg sandwich. 

Swedish Egg and Anchovy Salad on Crispbread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 3 anchovies
  • 1 egg yolk
  • lemon wedges 🍋 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • fresh dill for garnish
  • chopped dill
  • chopped chives
  • chopped red onion
  • crisp bread


🐟 Instructions:

  1. Chop up hard boiled eggs. 
  2. Cut the dill and chives very finely. 
  3. Place everything in a bowl together with the pepper and egg yolk. Mix them together. 
  4. Chop the anchovy filets and blend in. 
  5. Mix everything together and serve cold. 
  6. This traditional Swedish egg-anchovy salad is served either on crispbread or on a thin slice of round dark bread. 
  7. Garnish with fresh dill and a lemon wedge on the side. 🍽️ 



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