06 July 2010

BAKING / Bageri: TWISTED BREAD (snorbrød)

 abstract graphic showing bread dough over an open fire

There are a few distinct memories I have from those long danish summer nights when the sun simply seemed to bounce on the horizon and never go away. The one memory that forever will remain with me are the ones from when we lived on my grandfather's dairy before the age of seven.

The grounds that surrounded the dairy and the main house were perfect for a child to enjoy and explore. But, on special nights when a little bonfire would be light near the refuse pile of the dairy...our grandmother (bedstemor) would make a batch of TWISTED BREAD / snobrød for us kids to enjoy baking on a stick over that fire. Though my sister and I were too young to do this on our own, our older cousin Jan would let us hang out with him and his friends near the fire...enjoying the wonderfully fresh baked goodness of our little breads.
It's nice to be part of a family tradition.  According to our mother, our grandmother also made a variation of this simple bread dough for her to enjoy when she was young.  Since these recipes were originally made for children to enjoy, I therefore never received any direct instruction on how to make the dough with our grandmother.  What you have here are two  clipped recipes I found in her collection.  Now it is yours to discover and enjoy.
Also, allow me to suggest two methods of what to use to hold the dough:
Method One: Use 1/2-3/4" dia wooden stick with bark shaved back to hold the dough.
Method Two: Use a wire coat hanger twisted loose with the open wire end holding the dough. This method requires additional protection from the heat of the handle part as the metal is a good head conductor.
CAUTION: With both methods, be careful not to burn the dough...and especially, yourself!
(modified recipe translation says...)

Twisted Bread Over a Fire or Grill

225 g flour
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 dl warm water
15 g yeast

Assemble all ingredients in a bowl.
Dough should be as solid as to be able to wrap around a stick/skewer or roll into sausages.
Let the kids (or adults) roll the dough into finger-thick sausages and twist them around the  stick or around standard barbecue sausages roasted over a campfire like sausages baked in bread.
Cook for  5-10 minutes while turning them slowly making sure not too close to the embers as the dough will burn.

SPECIAL NOTE: These can be made over a grill or over embers in an open fire or backyard fire pit.  Make sure to not put the dough directly into the flame as it will not bake - but, char Allow enough distance for the dough to hover over glowing embers. Be careful not to burn yourself.  And always remember to never leave children unattended with fires.
Twisted Bread for Kindergarten..or Adults!
300g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
50g butter
2 dl cold milk

Mix the baking powder into the flour. Then add salt chopping the butter into the flour. Knead the dough together with the cold milk. As the dough comes quickly come together, divide the dough into 6-7 smaller pieces rolling each into thick sausages.These can be wrapped around prepared sticks and the, bake over embers. Dough is easy and kids will no doubt think that is very exciting...as well as adults!
Tak bedstemor!


  1. GREAT FOR THE SUMMER: For anyone with a grill, outdoor fireplace or pit here are a couple of recipes for making stick bread. You can even cheat if you wish with the frozen pizza bread. Plus, you can even add some grated cheese or fresh herbs to the dough. Let's just say the kids and adults alike will enjoy fresh baked bread straight from the fire...and don't forget the condiments for whatever way you choose to make your TWISTED BREAD!

  2. Hello Kelesney! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a actually cool Twisted Bread for Kindergarten..or Adults recipe. Keep it up and I may see you on Food Network one day. By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other Foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget and place it at the end of your post. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!



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