Norwegian Flatbread Recipe (Flatbrød)
Did I ever tell you about that time that I auditioned for a Norwegian reality show?
A few years ago, a friend and I sent in an audition video for Alt for Norge. This show casts Americans with Norwegian ancestry who have never been to Norway.
The cast members are put into all sorts of fish-out-of-water scenarios – with a Norwegian twist:
- Memorizing Norwegian words and phrases
- Trying traditional Norwegian foods
- Learning Norwegian folk dances
- … and more
I didn’t get on the show, but I did have a heck of lot of fun creating my audition video (we even made up our own version of the Norwegian national anthem!).
I hope to someday go to Norway and visit Singsås, the town where my family came from some 140 years ago.
Norwegian Flatbread (Flatbrød)
In my quest to make all the Norwegian recipes I grew up eating, flatbread was on the top of my list. This is a food my family has eaten around Christmas for as long as I can remember.
Flatbrød is more like a cracker than a bread. It’s slightly sweet and nutty, thanks to the whole wheat flour.
Here are some ideas for how to enjoy flatbrød:
- Eat plain or with butter
- Serve with orange marmalade alongside a warm bowl of soup
- Serve with white cheddar cheese slices and apples
- Serve with Norwegian Ski Queen cheese (Gjetost) – This cheese goes GREAT with apples because it has an irresistible caramel flavor
If you’re really into Norwegian customs, consider making a batch of this flatbread and serving it on the 17th of May/Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day).
The trick to making good flatbread is to roll out the dough as thin as possible. Then it’s more cracker-like and packs a good crunch.
Why do I love making traditional Norwegian recipes? They don’t contain exotic spices or ingredients. And for the most part, they’re not bursting with flavor.
But they are delicious in their simplicity.
These people made great use of what they had – lots of dairy, flour, eggs, potatoes, and rice. I’m having a blast recreating some of these classic recipes, and I hope you will give them a try in your own kitchen!
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More Traditional Norwegian Recipes
- Rømmegrøt (a lightly sweetened pudding/porridge)
- Rømmegrøt bars
- Rice pudding (risgrot and riskrem)
- Norwegian potato dumplings
- Norwegian sweet soup
- My Norwegian grandmother’s meatball recipe
- Swedish meatballs
- Open-faced sandwiches
- Almond kringler
- Pepperkaker (spiced sugar cookies)
- Almond cake
- Norwegian krumkake cookies
- Norwegian sandbakkelse cookies
- Kringla cookies
- Norwegian goro cookies
- Lefse (made in a frying pan!)
- Norwegian Christmas bread
- How to make Norwegian egg coffee
- How to assemble a Scandinavian snack board
- 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together flours, baking soda, and salt. Add vegetable oil and mix well.
- Add buttermilk. Knead dough for a minute or so on a well-floured surface.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Cover dough with a damp paper towel when not using. Take approximately 1/4 cup of dough, roll it into a ball, and proceed to roll it out with a rolling pin on a floured counter top. I like my flatbread very thin and crispy, like a cracker. Place rounds onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until flatbread is lightly browned and crisp.