Tunnbrod, also known as that guilty pleasure that can be picked up on your way through the Ikea checkouts, is the holy grail of flatbreads, often used for wraps and traditionally a family recipe not to be shared. Thankfully, we have the talented Rikard in the Uuni family who has adapted his own recipe for cooking with Uuni!
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Soft Swedish Flatbreads – Tunnbrod
75g Swedish light syrup (or golden syrup)
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the milk and water until the mix is lukewarm – about 25C is a good temperature for the yeast I use. Then add the sugar and yeast and whisk it together. Leave for 15mins until the yeast is activated and you can see some bubbles on the surface.
2. Grind the spices in a pestle and mortar. Mix the remaining dry ingredients in a bowl and pour on the syrup. Add the yeast mix and stir it together with a wooden spoon. This requires some arm strength – stir it in the bowl for 5-10mins until everything has blended thoroughly. Leave to rise for 1hr or until doubled in size (depending on temperature, it sometimes takes 2hrs).
3. Put the dough on a floured worktop and begin kneading it whilst slowly adding more flour, about 3-4dl. Knead for 5-10mins until the dough stops sticking to your hands.
4. Cut the dough into 14 pieces. Flour the worktop under the dough balls and, using a rolling pin, roll each one into a 30cm diameter – the thinner the better. Use a brush to remove as much of the flour as possible (flour burns at a lower temperature than the dough in the oven) If you don’t have a fancy Swedish rolling pin to punch holes in your dough, use a fork and make lots of little holes across the flattened dough – this creates little pockets of air when baking and prevents the bread from rising like a pita bread.
5. Bake each Tunnbrod flatbread for 30-45 secs, turning at least twice during the bake, don’t turn it over. It should not have a colour, if it gets golden brown it will be hard.
6. Serve with plenty of butter or, if you want a real Swedish treat; with gravad lax, cream cheese and horseradish rolled up into rounds.
Big thanks to Rikard for sharing this recipe.
Smaklig måltid – that’s Swedish for Bon appétit!
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