Light, golden loaf Swedes have served for centuries.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Boil water, sugar, oil, salt, orange rind, caraway seeds, and fennel seeds in a saucepan for 3 minutes. Cool until warm

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour and yeast. Stir in cooled orange rind mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Blend in eggs. Add 1 cup flour, and beat 1 minute on medium speed. Add rye flour and enough additional white flour to make a stiff dough.

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and satiny. Shape into a ball. Place in lightly greased bowl, turning to grease the surface. Cover with a damp cloth, and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.

  • Punch dough down, and divide in half. Shape into 2 balls. Let rest for 10 min. Shape into 2 loaves, and place into ungreased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Brush with oil. Allow to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

  • Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes, or until done.

Nutrition Facts

172 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 33.6g 11% DV; fat 2g 3% DV; cholesterol 15.5mg 5% DV; sodium 202.1mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
Being predominantly Swedish by nationality this is my favorite bread. My grandmother used to make this often (it was best hot from the oven). My recipe that I have used for several years is almost identical to this one. Occasionally I skip the orange zest and spices--then it is exactly like my grandmother's who came from Sweden in her teens. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2017
I am Swedish and have made Limpa breads in the past so I thought I'd give this one a try. While very tasty it did turn out rather dry and dense despite letting the dough take some extra time to rise. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 13
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  • 3 star values: 2
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
Being predominantly Swedish by nationality this is my favorite bread. My grandmother used to make this often (it was best hot from the oven). My recipe that I have used for several years is almost identical to this one. Occasionally I skip the orange zest and spices--then it is exactly like my grandmother's who came from Sweden in her teens. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
excellent receipe just like my mother use to make. Love Swiss forever. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2009
I thought bf would love this--I was sure he liked rye. He's not so sure about this one. Says it's "weird". Why I don't know. So I say to him "I made it for you. I thought you liked rye". Him: "I do". So there you have it. Bf who likes rye thinks this is a weird bread goodness knows why. It tastes like a light rye bread to me. Nothing weird about it in my opinion. Men. Anyway thanks for the recipe! We have a weird household--don't worry so much about bf and his weirdness.;o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2010
MMmm this bread is really yummy. I am doing a report on Sweden for one of my classes and wanted to test this recipe out before I make it for my class. I didn't have caraway seeds but I used everything else and it tasted good still. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I love trying different cultural cuisines and I am really glad I tried this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2011
A satisfying flavorful bread. Not having an orange on hand I left that out but was still very pleased with my results. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2011
My grandma used to make this bread for hoildays. Brings back memories Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2013
I have some great tips and have baked yeast breads for 35 years. Just making some simple healthier choices is a plus. First always proof your yeast. Just use a half cup of the water called for to do it. I stay away from white flour in most bread recipes if I can so if using whole wheat you will only need about 4 cups. I used the rye flour called for great texture. No egg yolks so I used 3 large egg whites beatened with a fork. I love oranges so I grated two whole navel oranges and rinsed grater into pan with the water in recipe to get it all. Use everything else called for. I enjoy mixing my bread by hand. Will bake this wonderful bread again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2012
The first time I made it exactly as the recipe instructs and I loved it. The second time I added 15g of ground cardamom and doubled the orange zest; it is even better (that might make it less authentically Swedish though)! The best part is that it is so easy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2017
I am Swedish and have made Limpa breads in the past so I thought I'd give this one a try. While very tasty it did turn out rather dry and dense despite letting the dough take some extra time to rise. Read More