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I wanted to start the new year with a recipe for a typical Norwegian bread.
Norwegian loves to make homemade bread; the smell in the kitchen alone is worth making it, and this recipe is a favorite of mine for years.
Recipe credit and technique goes to my fellow Norwegian baker, @johnsbaking, who makes the most delicious bread. I love his technique of folding the dough.
My favorite way of eating this bread is topped with mascarpone, homemade jam, and brown goat cheese.
In Scandinavia, we often make our jam using just frozen or fresh berries. Simply add a few spoons of sugar, a little bit of zest and lemon juice after you taste, and combine. Then let it soak in all the flavors for some hours. The taste is so fresh and delicious; it's much better than store bought.
With love from Norway,
3 loaves of bread
Note: The folding process during the rising period is not crucial, but it certainly makes these breads even better.
Also, if you can have the oven at the lowest temp 122°F/ 50°C and proof the dough in the oven, it speeds up the process.