Easy recipe for delicious, Swedish Tunnbrod (thin bread)

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On a recent free, covid-inspired, bakealong by zoom, we made these wonderful tunnbrod – or “thin” bread. Healthy and delicious, they are perfect food for a picnic! If you would like to join the free bake alongs, join our mailing list and you will receive recipes and joining instructions each week.

Easy recipe for delicious, Swedish Tunnbrod (thin bread) 2

Swedish Tunnbrod (thin bread)

Unlike Swedish Cracker bread, the Swedish Tunnbrod is soft and squashy – perfect for a picnic, quick lunch or breakfast. You can let this dough rise over night in the fridge and, in the morning, it will take you 5 minutes to prepare warm, fresh bread for breakfast.
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: flat bread, polar bread, swedish flat bread, thin bread, tunnbrod
Servings: 6


  • frying pan


  • 325 g strong white wheat flour
  • 120 g dark or light rye flour
  • 2.5 g instant yeast OR 5 g dry yeast OR 10 g fresh yeast
  • 10 g salt
  • 200 g water
  • 60 g plain yoghurt or keffir or butter milk or sour cream
  • 20 g honey
  • 2 tsp fennel or anis seeds


  • Measure the flours into a big bowl and make a little well in the bottom
  • Measure in the yeast and pour over the water. Let it rest for 10 minutes
  • Measure in all of the remaining ingredients and mix them together.
  • Knead the dough by hand or maching for 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 3-4 hours or overnight in the fridge
  • Pull the dough out of the bowl and divide into 6 pieces. Roll a piece into a rectangle no more than 2-3 mm thick. Poke it all over with a fork.
  • Heat up a frying pan on medium heat with no fat in it. Place the dough in the pan and cook it for 2 minutes. Turn it over and cook it for a further 1 minute.
  • Remove the bread from the pan and wrap it in a tea towel to keep it warm and soft.
  • Repeat with the other pieces of dough until you have used them all up.
  • Dough freezes well but is particularly delicious when it is fresh and warm.