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Two varieties of Swedish Tunnbröd. Left is a modern version that contains rye, wheat and yeast, on the right is a traditional version made with milk and barley
Place of originSweden
Main ingredientsWheat, barley or rye flour

Tunnbröd (Swedish: [ˈtɵ̂nːbrøːd]; literally "thinbread") is the Swedish version of flatbread and properly belongs to northern Swedish cuisine where housewives share a common bakery to produce it. Tunnbröd can be soft or crisp, and comes in many variants depending on choice of grain, leavening agent (or lack thereof) and rolling pin. The dough is made from any combination of wheat, barley and rye; the leavening agent can be both yeast and ammonium carbonate.[1]

Soft tunnbröd is commonly used like a crêpe or tortilla as a wrap for other food. A popular fast food dish is soft tunnbröd rolled around mashed potatoes, a hot dog, vegetables, ketchup, mustard and shrimp salad, known as tunnbröd roll (tunnbrödsrulle). [2][3][4]

Another traditional old Swedish method of eating soft tunnbröd is burrito-style, combined with mashed potatoes and roasted herring. Traditionally, tunnbröd is eaten with fermented herring (surströmming) and as dip in the pot (dopp i grytan). A spiced soft bread is generally used for this, and the bread is soaked in the stock left from cooking the Christmas ham. [5] [6]

Crisp tunnbröd differs from knäckebröd (crispbread) in being thinner and more compact, containing fewer air bubbles. The consistency and taste of tunnbröd can vary a lot, as recipes and preparation of the bread differ depending on the bakery. Traditionally housewives would keep recipes a closely guarded secret only shared with other family members.

See also[edit]

  • Crispbread - flat and dry type of cracker
  • Mjukkaka - Swedish round flatbread
  • Lefse - traditional soft Norwegian flatbread
  • Matza - traditional Jewish unleavened flatbread
  • Tortilla- thin flatbread popular in Mexico and Central America
  • Yufka - unleavened flat bread in Turkish cuisine
  • Roti - South Asian round flatbread


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  2. ^ "Tunnbröd wrap with keso". Recepten.se. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  3. ^ "Tunnbröd wrap with turkey". Recepten.se. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  4. ^ "Tunnbrödsrulle: The Ultimate Swedish Style Summer Hot Dog". umgasmagazine. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Dopp i Gryta (Dip-in-the-Pot)". saveur.com. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Surströmming: What you need to know before trying fermented herring". thelocal.se. Retrieved March 1, 2020.