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Light Swedish rye Limpa bread is a delicious alternative to wheat flour bread
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5 from 3 votes

Light Swedish Limpa

Limpa is a rye bread flavoured with molasses, and orange zest and spices. Many recipes replace the water with dark beer.
Servings: 1 loaf
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time12 hrs 40 mins


  • 260 g rye sourdough starter
  • 210 g white wheat bread flour
  • 50 g rye flour
  • 120 ml water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 45 g firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Grated zest of ½ orange
  • ½ tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds


  • Day one
  • Put the sourdough starter in a large bowl and return any remaining starter to the refrigerator.
  • Add 70 g white flour, all of the rye flour and 60 ml water and stir gently to mix. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Day two
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the refreshed starter and mix well. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until smooth.
  • Shape the dough with wet hands into a sausage shape, gently place into a greased loaf tin and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Prove at room temperature for 3–4 hours until the dough has risen about 2.5 cm above the top of the loaf tin. Preheat the oven to 220 °C (Gas Mark 7).
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 200 °C (Gas Mark 6) and bake for a further 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the loaf tin and cool on a wire rack.


• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 1696kcal | Carbohydrates: 338g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1296mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 9.4mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 8.4mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: Rye Sourdough