For a SCA camping event I was going to, I wanted to make some semi-authentic (ish) food to enjoy at the event. While I have a number of different costumes, my main persona is 11th Century Norse, (Icelandic to be specific) aka VIKING. Viking-age attire is also way easier to wear and more comfortable at camping events for that matter too.
One of the dishes I wanted to make was a Viking-style flatbread.
The recipe I chose didn’t turn out quite as I expected – but yummy all the same.
The challenge with Viking age recipes is that it’s not like there was a written cookbook like from other periods in history. People with way more culinary research skills than I have, have developed recipes based on the foodstuffs available to the Viking Age Norse, the cooking-related artifacts left behind, grave goods, etc…
For this bread I used the “Flatbread” recipe from the New Varangian Guard’s PDF of recipes. Their recipe is:
2¾ cups of flour (use at least ½ white flour & make up the rest with whole grain flours of your
¼ cup sugar (or honey)
½ tablespoon of soda
½ tablespoon of salt
½ cup of butter
1 cup of buttermilk
Mix 2¾ cups of flour (use at least ½ white flour & make up the rest with whole grain flours of
your choice) with ¼ cup sugar (or honey), ½ tablespoon each of soda and salt, ½ cup of butter
and 1 cup of buttermilk. Blend dry ingredients, cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly and
then add the buttermilk. Stir with a fork until the mixture holds together. Shape into a ball and
then pinch off small pieces to make balls 1″ in diameter. Roll out each ball on a floured surface
until it is 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Place rounds on ungreased baking sheets and bake in a
400° oven for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes about 6 dozen. Store in an airtight container.
I didn’t roll mine out – I just flattened them in my hand. I used sweetener instead of sugar (or honey) because I generally try to limit my sugar. I also did 5 minutes on one side, and then flipped them for 5 minutes of cooking on the other side too.
One of them had two holes, and the heat browned the bread in a crescent… it kind of looked like a smiley face. Or, a creepy ghost as my friend suggested…
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After two batches of plain breads, I did a little taste-test, and found the bread a little bit sweeter than I anticipated, so I opted to chop up some dates to put in the second batch. It increased the cooking time by a bit as well. It ended up being 5 minutes on one side, and 10 minutes on the other.