Surbrød is traditionally used for gravid lax, smoked salmon or open-faced shrimp sandwiches. Surbrød means sour bread, even though it's not made with a sourdough, at least nowadays. A surbrød is a white bread, with a small amount of rye flour and caraway seeds. In my family we rarely had surbrød, only my mom liked it.
I think it was normal not having surbrød. I had an after-school job at a bakers shop and we didn't sell a lot of surbrød. And most of all it was bought by old ladies. Now, and in the last few years, I actually like bread with caraway seeds, like my soft pretzels - kommenskringler. Does that makes me an old lady, well, I hope not. 😳
The recipe calls for "sigtemel" which is a sifted flour made from 30% rye and 70% wheat, so I made some adjustments to the recipe. Normally you will use buttermilk, but I used whole milk, a splash of lemon juice and a tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
- 400 g all-purpose flour
- 105 g dark rye flour, sifted
- 35 live yeast (1 pack (7 g) fleischmann's active dry yeast)
- 2 tablespoons (15 g) caraway seeds + some for sprinkles
- 12 g salt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 300 ml whole milk
- a splash lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
Warm up the milk, and dissolve the yeast in the milk. If you use dry yeast add a few pinches of salt.
Mix flours, caraway seeds, salt honey and sugar. Pour in the milk/yeast mixture and add the butter, and mix it to an elastic soft dough. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in a warm spot.
Knead the dough for a few minutes, and divide the dough in two round balls. Set to rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400℉ (200℃).
Brush the breads with milk and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Score the breads with a sharp knife or cut with scissors.
Bake breads for 30-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Enjoy bread with butter, with your favorite cheese or with gravad lax.