Dating back to the Vikings, flatbread is a Nordic speciality, with recipes being handed down through generations. It comes in different variations and is best enjoyed alongside soups, stews or cured meat. The gluten free flatbread recipe from Miisa Mink (co-owner and Nordic Bakery Cookbook author) is straightforward and very tasty!
The basic ingredients are barley flour, salt, and water, though many varieties exist which incorporate other ingredients, after taste. It was once generally eaten in all meals in Scandinavia. Flatbread is part of a healthy diet and is currently growing in popularity again. Why not try baking some too?
Carrot & buckwheat flatbread
300 ml water
2 tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 tsp sea salt
100 ml natural yoghurt
50g quinoa flakes
100g raw carrot, finely grated
1 tbsp rape seed oil
35g buckwheat groats (if difficult to find, replace with rolled oats)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
200g buckwheat flour
1) Preheat oven 200C.
2) In a large bowl, mix psyllium husk powder to water. Mix well with a whisk and let rest for 10 minutes. Psyllium husk is sold as a health supplement here in the UK, but in Finland we use it as a baking ingredient as it gives the dough a nice texture. You can find it in health stores or online.
3) Mix salt, yoghurt, grated carrot, rapeseed oil and buckwheat groats (or oats) into the psyllium husk mixture.
4) In a separate bowl, mix baking powder into the buckwheat flour and then combine into the main mix.
5) On a floury surface use a lot of flour in your hands to form small flat breads from this relatively loose dough. Brick little holes with fork on top.
6) Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Makes approximately 10 – 12 flatbreads.
Nordic Bakery is a beautiful Scandinavian-style café. It is a peaceful meeting place in a frantic city, offering simple and savoury Nordic bakery products; a selection of open rye bread sandwiches, cinnamon buns and cakes, served with excellent coffee. Nordic Bakery has three branches in Central London; Golden Square, New Cavendish Street and Dorset Street.
Find out more at NordicBakery.com – Happy Baking!