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Swedish Limpa


Swedish Limpa Recipe

This orange- and spice-scented Swedish loaf is a favorite among Scandinavians. It's especially delightful toasted and spread with sweet butter.

At a glance

1 large round loaf


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  1. Combine all of the ingredients — by hand, mixer or bread machine — and knead until the dough is smooth and satiny.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour. It'll become somewhat puffy, but probably won't double in bulk.
  3. Shape the dough into a ball, flatten it slightly, and place it on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a dough rising cover or lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow it to rise for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until it's puffed up noticeably.
  4. Bake the limpa in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 minutes, tenting it with aluminum foil for the final 10 minutes if it appears to be browning too fast.
  5. Wrap and store at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.