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A flavorful Swedish bread made with rye and wheat flour that is often served on festive occasions. Although the bread contains rye flour, it does not have the heavy rye flavor of other rye breads due to the higher proportion of wheat flour and because of the various flavoring ingredients, which include orange zest, anise, cardamom, cumin, fennel, and molasses. Limpa has a dense, but soft crumb and an inviting aroma of citrus and anise. It is made into a number of shapes, but most often is formed into a round or rectangular loaf.
Another version known as Vört Limpa, is made with a greater ratio of rye to wheat flour giving it a stronger, earthier flavor. It is most often made as a rectangular pan bread for easy slicing and is served with cheese. Limpa is also spelled Lympa.
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