Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Swedish Limpa Bread

You might be thinking why another bread post.


It seems like I have all these bread shots from before the move.

Maybe all these posts are to console myself for not having been baking bread in the past couple of months.

Maybe all these posts are to encourage me to try again.

See, it wasn't just the move that threw me off my bread-baking routine. I had been discouraged of late with my breads because it seems like they're not rising as much as I would like. The past two Deli-Style Ryes I baked are nowhere the "glory" of the first fluke loaf.

Still trying to figure out why I can't get the flukiness back.

In any case, without further ado, this is another bread I tried from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day a while back. I don't know why I picked this bread.

Maybe I thought it was exotic and different, which it certainly is.

Note: JS asked me to pick a bread from the book, and this was what I chose! How quickly she forgets.

The bread was infused with the fragrance of cardamom, which is a most welcoming fragrance. The recipe called for anise seeds but we did not have those on hand. I substituted fennel instead. I'm not too crazy about fennel seeds so I halved the seeds required.

The recipe also called for doing something for the top of the bread but I must have been too lazy to do it. I sprinkled brown sugar on top instead.

It was good bread and we had it with some Cream of Fennel soup.

We also had it with something that will be revealed shortly. [See Tea-smoked Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Dijon Mustard.]

Breads we've done from the book:
Artisan Deli-Style Rye Bread
Swedish Limpa Bread
European Peasant Loaf
Olive Oil Bread with Onions and Olives

Other breads we've made before:
No-Knead Bread, Two Kinds
Sesame Seed Buns
Potato Cornmeal Foccacia
Whole Wheat Challah


  1. I got the book because of you guys and I will be turning to it this weekend. I adore cardamom. I bet it was nice with fennel indeed.

  2. Mmm, cardamom-spiced bread? Never had anything like that before... but if your picture's anything to go by, I bet it was delicious!

  3. I am a horrible baker, but geez this looks so good and I'm a sucker for fennel, the soup sounds lovely too! I may have to suck it up and try my hand at bread once more.

  4. Oh, that bread would be popular around these parts with all the Scandinavians. I think I need to get out my copy of the book & try it

  5. This looks great. I'm a sucker for anything with cardamom!

  6. You can never have too many bread posts. Delicious!

  7. I am thinking of getting into baking, this sounds like the perfect book for me! And that fennel soup has me drooling!

  8. Perfect bread! Cardamom is such a nice addition to it. Must make it super aromatic, yum!

  9. A dense bread which will keep me full!

  10. maybelle's mom:
    Oh really. The authors should give us commission! Teehee.

    Yeah, me neither. I chose this one for JS to make because it was unusual.

    As long as the final product is sort of bread-like, it should be good all the same. =)

    Haha... oh, ok... that's good to know! =D

    We really do need to ask the authors for some commission now. Teehee. ;D Thanks! (re fennel soup)

    Thanks! I don't know about "perfect," but we'll take it.

    And since this one was slightly sweet, it was a good snack item... with butter!

  11. now i worry that i might get addicted to baking bread bread bread and bread hehehe

  12. The bread sounds like it would be wonderfully fragrant and great with the cream of fennel soup. I went through a patch of bread making this summer and then dropped it. I need to get started again.

  13. Mmm, fragrant cardamom bread - that sounds like heaven! I'm such a bread-baking wuss - you on the ohter hand rock :)

  14. This is a Swedish bread I don't know about yet. And I even have that bread baking book! Will have to check it out. Love cardamom!

  15. Mochachocolata Rita:
    Well, the smell *IS* pretty lovely.

    I guess one needs to get into the rhythm if bread-baking. =)

    Haha... I'm pretty sure you'd be good at it!

    Yes, it was pretty interesting to discover this. You have the bookL no excuses! =)

  16. i love that you can tell how nice and hard the outside of the bread is - and thank you for an inside shot. perfect!!

  17. Mmmm spiced bread is good stuff.. This will be great for the holidays.


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