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Knackebrot (German Crispy Bread)

I have to admit, I knew nothing about German cuisine, other than the fact that vegetarians get to eat only potatoes in Germany, until I did some research for the A.W.E.D German event. My myth proved so wrong, there are many options for vegetarians. I wanted to start experimenting with something really simple so I don’t mess up! So I chose this recipe which is a really simple bread, the name ‘Knackebrot’ translates to ‘crisp bread’, well so crisp, it is more like a cracker. Most popularly, this bread is made with rye flour.

But I found a recipe on Recipezaar using wheat flour and wanted to try it. Some research on the internet told me that this is a popular breakfast and snack in many European countries, best served with cream cheese and syrup, some good cheese or the best – nutella! I didn’t have any of these on hand, so some strawberry jam worked perfectly well!! This bread has a wonderful texture, crispy and crunchy with all the sesame seeds. The only thing I did different from the original recipe is that I added some extra sesame seeds while making the dough.


This is my entry to the A.W.E.D German event hosted by Kitchen Chronicles and Chef In You.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Sesame seeds – 2 tbsp
Milk – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Butter – 1 tbs

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C).
  • Keep 1 tbsp of sesame seeds aside. Mix and knead rest of the ingredients thoroughly, the dough will seem like its a little dry, that’s how it should be.
  • Spread and roll dough thinly (only about 1/8th of an inch thick) and cut into rectangles(about the size of graham crackers).
  • Spread sesame seeds evenly on top of dough, and roll with rolling pin again to make sure seeds stick to the dough.
  • Make holes evenly with a fork and transfer to a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 F (220 C).
  • When done, don’t put bread in any closed container, or it will get soft!

My Comments: Next time I make this, I would like to add a few more seasonings for some extra flavor. Maybe a little lemon zest and carom seeds.

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