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Limpa [lim-pə] n. Swedish rye bread

Limpa is a sweet, lightly spiced rye bread that is traditional in Sweden - especially around the holidays. The bread includes molasses or brown sugar for sweetening, and the spices may include caraway, anise, cumin or fennel. Here's a recipe for limpa that includes anise, molasses, and orange zest. Here's another that is adapted for a bread machine.

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Limpa and other sweet breads are often more involved and time-consuming than simple artisan breads like no-knead bread but they have wonderful tastes and often family tradition too. Do you have any traditional breads that you make around the holidays?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.