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Child decorating laufabrauð before frying
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Laufabrauð (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈløːivaprøiθ], leaf bread) is a traditional kind of Icelandic bread that is most often eaten in the Christmas season.[1] Originating from northern Iceland but now eaten throughout the entire country,[1] it consists of round, very thin flat cakes with a diameter of about 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches), decorated with leaf-like, geometric patterns and fried briefly in hot fat or oil.[2]

Laufabrauð can be bought in bakeries or made at home, either with ready-made dough or from scratch;[1] patterns are either cut by hand or created using a heavy brass roller, the laufabrauðsjárn ("leaf bread iron").[2] Leaf bread making at home is usually a family undertaking and often an essential part of the Christmas preparations, where several generations gather and take part in the decorating.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Salvör Gissurardóttir (2000). "Laufabrauð - "Leaf Bread"". Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b Hanneck, Maike (2004). Island-Kochbuch (in German). túrí. pp. 30–31. ISBN 9979-9641-0-3. OCLC 76585143. 
  3. ^ Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir. "Leaf Bread for Christmas". Retrieved 2009-11-29. 

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