Swedish Limpa Rye Bread


Wonderful, dark Swedish limpa bread.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 ½ teaspoons caraway seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons anise seeds

  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk

  • ¼ cup butter, cut into cubes

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 3 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Combine caraway seeds, fennel seeds, and anise seeds in a spice grinder; pulse until coarsely ground.

  2. Heat milk and butter in a deep saucepan, stirring occasionally, until butter melts and milk comes to a bare simmer, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until milk registers 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) on an instant-read thermometer.

  3. Stir molasses and yeast into the milk mixture. Let stand until yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour, rye flour, salt, orange zest, and ground seed mixture; stir until dough forms a shaggy mass. Knead in the saucepan, adding more flour if needed, until dough is no longer sticky, 5 to 7 minutes.

  5. Turn dough out on a floured surface. Knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth and springy, about 7 minutes.

  6. Place dough in a large greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with a damp kitchen towel or piece of plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area until somewhat puffy, about 1 hour.

  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on the baking sheet. Cover lightly with a towel or plastic wrap. Let rise until puffy, about 1 hour 30 minutes.

  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, 35 to 40 minutes. Bread will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.


The dough won't double in size like some doughs do.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

273 Calories
8g Fat
45g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 273
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 392mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 325mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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