Nordic Crispbread (Knekkebrød)


Hello hungry peoples,

Continuing my Icelandic theme, my discovery of Nordic crispbread (also known as knekkebrød) was one of my food highlights. Like dumplings, Nordic crispbread is ubiquitous through northern Europe,  with each country having their own variation. They are generally like a vita wheat, with a combination of mixed grains, but taken to the next level in terms of flavour and texture. They are also the perfect addition to a cheese plate, especially for creamier cheeses. They kill with some soft Icelandic cheese. Unfortunately my endeavors to find a local supplier have failed so I have had to resort to making my own. Thankfully these are super easy to make and will keep for several weeks. The ingredients can be sourced at your local health food shop. Let’s get into it!

Nordic Crispbread (Knekkebrød)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: Serves 8
Calories per serving: 318


  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C  and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix it together.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of honey and 2 1/2 cups of water and mix until it forms a slurry.
  4. Pour the mixture onto the baking pan and spread it as thinly as possible.
  5. Put in the oven and bake for 60 minutes. Hint: You can remove it part way and cut it up to make things easier later.
  6. Allow to cool. Serve with a platter full of things like cheeses and preserved meats (I love me a platter) or eat by itself. It is delicious!
Nordic crispbread

Difficulty: Easy peasy

One Comment Add yours

  1. Justin Higgins says:

    Dear Internet,

    Do you know that you are witnessing a lie? It is a false reality created by ‘big kitchen’ to distort the reality of our household.

    That plate isn’t really even a plate, I tried to use it to eat food from and got told it was “not for you” and was only allowed to be used as a prop for food photos.

    #feelsbadman #fakenews

    – JH

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