The outside kitchen …coming soon! Icelandic flatkaka, it´s healthy – why not try it!
I am dreaming of a kitchen outside. Shouldn´t be a problem and it´s on the drawing table since we are building our dream house in the country.
The weather here in Iceland in´t that special, but we get really good days once in a while and then it´s so worth it to have a good cooking facility outside. I am not the sun bathing type so being able to be outside and cook, what a dream!
I have a little oven I put outside the other day when the weather was so nice. I made the Icelandic flat bread, because it can get smoky when making it I used tthe opportunity to do it outside. It was so relaxing, baking outside in the sun. It wasn´t me being baked but the bread, that´s better.
If you have a little oven like this, take it out side next time the weather is nice and try to make this recipe. Or do it inside on a rainy day…
I grew up eating this flat bread and I love it. I also love rye flour. If you do, you should try this recipe. Don´t forget to dip the cakes in water after you bake them.
I use a pancake pan, cast iron would be good, or just any pan you have.
Icelandic rye bread – Flatkaka (Flat “cake”)
- 200 g rye flour
- 100 g whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 -3 dl boiling water
- All purpose flour when rolling it out.
Blend all ingredients together, pouring the water in little at a time. It´s like making any bread dough, or like tortillas.
Make little balls and flat them out in round cakes. When you flat them out, I use all purpose flour for dusting so they don´t stick to the rolling pin.
Poke the cake with a fork few times. I use a plate I cut around, same size the pan to make them perfect circle .
Bake it on a hot pan (dry pan, no oil or butter on the pan) for about one minute each side. I have parchment paper between the cakes before cooking so they don´t stick together.
Dip them in water after cooking and store them in a plastic bag or under a wet towel to keep them moist and soft.
Cut the flat cake circle in half.
Serve with butter and even some sliced cucumber. I love it with lamb pate.
This is a video in Icelandic about making flatkaka, but you don´t have to understand the language to get a better idea how flatkaka is made.