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Swedish Limpa Bread Recipe

Yields15 Servings

A Scandinavian tradition, this bread has a licorice flavor profile defined by the caraway, anise and fennel seeds in its recipe. It’s a traditional holiday bread and is often served at special occasions. Because the seeds are so small and don’t affect the dough texture they can be added at the beginning of the recipe. There’s no need to wait for a fruit and nut setting. This is also a great tea-bread and makes a wonderful dessert bread as well.

 1.50 cups Water at 110° F/43° C
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tbsp Dark molasses or honey
 1 tbsp Brown sugar
 1 tsp Caraway seeds
 1 tsp Fennel seeds
 1 tsp Anise seeds
 Zest of 1 orange
 1 tbsp Oil or melted butter
 2.50 cups All-purpose flour
 1 cup Rye or wheat flour+
 1.50 tsp Bread machine or active dry yeast

Add all ingredients to the bread pan in the order indicated.


Select the white-bread or basic setting for 1.5 pound loaf and dark crust.


When done remove from pan, let it rest for 30 minutes and slice and serve.

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