Loading Video...
Recipe courtesy of Aslaug Warmboe

Aslaug Warmboe's Icelandic Brown Bread

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 13 hr 5 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 loaves
Share This Recipe


Butter, for greasing

4 cups rye flour 

2 cups whole-wheat flour 

1/2 cup sugar 

3 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 

3 1/2 teaspoons salt 

4 cups buttermilk 

2 1/2 cups dark corn syrup 


Special equipment:
two 9-inch-by-5-inch cookie tins with tightly fitted lids, or two 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pans, wax paper
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees F.
  2. Grease the two cookie tins or loaf pans with butter, then line the bottoms and all four sides of tins with wax paper, making sure to overlap the wax paper by 4 inches on each side.
  3. Whisk together the rye flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the buttermilk and corn syrup until fully incorporated. Divide the batter between the two tins and cover tightly with lids or foil, if using loaf pans.
  4. Bake for 12 hours. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove the lids, upturn the tins, and gently shake each until the bread slides out. Set the loaves on a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes. Slice and serve with smoked salmon, butter, and cheese such as Fontina or Havarti.

Cook’s Note

The brown bread may be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen. It will keep for 3 months.

Fudge Factor

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

How-To: Chocolate Cream Puffs

Make this classic and elegant French dessert using our step-by-step guide.

Sifted: Sweet and Salty Desserts + More Delicious Bits Feb 13, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee Feb 7, 2013

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the …