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Bake your own Flatbread/Shardbread

Measurements are given in cups. One cup=1 dl or about 90 g flour.

 7 Cups of gruttet flour or thick wheat flour.
 3 cups of liquid. Use whey or butter milk
 1 Egg
 A dash of salt (if desired)

  1. Flour, liquid, egg and salt must be kneaded long and thoroughly. If needed add more flour or liquid so the dough is just right.
  2. The dough should be shaped into small balls and then pressed flat and thin.
  3. The bread is baked over a glowing fire on shards of pottery or pans, about 2-3 minutes on each side. The bread should be light brown and sound hollow when you knock on it lightly with a fingernail. For the pottery you can use the shards from an average red burned herbal pot...

Sweeter bread/cakes can be obtained by sweetening the dough with honey.
Toasted stinging nettles give a good spicy taste.
Chopped nuts and cooked acorns in the dough are also good.
 
- 15. april 2000 -