So here I am. Back from holidays and happily baking again. On my return I had a lovely surprise: I’ve got into the Daring Bakers group so I could finally participate to the monthly challenge. There was very little time left and I was glad that the challenge was about crunchy flat bread, in one word: crakers. Or knäckebröd, as they call it over here.
In Sweden, there is a very old tradition for knäckebröd, for the Vikings were essentially fishermen (and explorers) who needed bread that would hold for weeks, sometimes months, while sailing away in search of fish and adventure. Having the men almost always gone, besides making Swedish women so strong willed and independent, made also them to create amazingly tasty and forever crunchy crackers. Maybe in the hope that this wonderful bread would have preserved their men healthy and would have favored their willingness to come back to their crafty home bakers.