Introducing Viking Bread, an Ancient Dish with a Unique Twist

Warm, comforting and bursting with flavor, Viking Bread is a traditional Scandinavian dish with a modern twist. For centuries, the Vikings used traditional methods to create a hearty loaf of bread that sustained them at sea and on their long journeys. Today, this ancient recipe reimagined with unique ingredients, allows us to explore the culinary history of Scandinavia without leaving home.


To make Viking Bread, you’ll need the following ingredients:

– 4 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 3 teaspoons ground cumin
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 2 cups lukewarm water
– 2 cups of buttermilk for the topping


To make Viking Bread, start by combining the flour, baking powder, yeast, salt, and cumin in a large bowl. Knead in the olive oil and honey, then slowly add in lukewarm water. Knead to form a soft dough. Cover the dough and let it rise for about two hours.

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a baking sheet.

Once the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for five minutes. Then divide the dough into two parts, shape each one into a round loaf, and place the rounds on the greased baking sheet.

Brush the tops of the loaves with buttermilk and bake in the preheated oven for 30–35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Viking Bread works best when served as an accompaniment to main courses like meat, fish, and salads. Slice it thinly and sprinkle with extra ground cumin for a burst of flavor. Alternatively, top it with butter or a drizzle of honey for a truly decadent experience.

Viking Bread also makes an excellent Nordic-style snack. Serve it with mild cheese, like Havarti, and a portion of pickles for a light and flavorful appetizer.


Viking Bread is a delicious and easy-to-make dish with an interesting heritage. This unique recipe combines traditional ingredients with modern cooking techniques to recreate a centuries-old classic. Whether served as a side or as a snack, Viking Bread is sure to delight and fill your home with the nostalgic aroma of an ancient meal.