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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: [²tɵnːbrøːd]; 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.

Soft tunnbröd[1] is commonly used as a wrap[2] for other food, like a crêpe or tortilla. A popular fast food dish is soft tunnbröd rolled around mashed potatoes and a hot dog, known as tunnbrödsrulle (tunnbröd roll).

Another traditional old Swedish method of eating soft tunnbröd is burrito-style, combined with mashed potatoes and roasted herring.

Traditionally, tunnbröd is eaten with surströmming (fermented herring) and as dopp i grytan (lit. "dip in the pot"). A spiced soft bread is generally used for this, and the bread is soaked in the stock left from cooking the Christmas ham. Crisp tunnbröd differs from knäckebröd 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.

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  1. ^ "Tunnbröd wrap with keso". Recepten.se. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  2. ^ "Tunnbröd wrap with turkey". Recepten.se. Retrieved 2012-02-17.