The classic, slightly sweet Swedish limpa bread is absolutely delicious. Top with cheese, smoked salmon or prosciutto.
Swedish Limpa Bread, a savory rye staple, carries with it the flavors of Scandinavia. It’s distinguished by its iconic pairing of fragrant orange zest, anise, and caraway. Traditionally baked during holiday season, but enjoyed by millions of Swedes daily for breakfast or lunch, Limpa’s hearty crust and soft interior make it a unique, versatile bread, perfect for sandwiches.
When I was little, my family was lucky enough to have a friend who would bake us this bread on occasion, introducing me to its rich, intoxicating flavor. My mom started baking it frequently and has passed the recipe on to me. My favorite way to eat limpa is toasted with Havarti cheese but the dense, moist bread goes well with many toppings and also makes gourmet sandwiches. Try it with thinly sliced gravlax, adorned with fresh dill, which complements its caraway notes. For a sweet pairing, consider lingonberry jam, offering a tangy contrast.
Kelsey Hilts is the founder of Itsy Bitsy Foodies, an online resource for families looking for ways to spend more time together enjoying food and exploring the world beyond the children’s menu.