Archaeology Gastronomy: Viking Skillet Style Bread

Welcome to Archaeology Gastronomy. Here, with the help of ’41 Feasts’, we seek out Ancient Recipes, attempt to cook them and share the results with the world!

Today we try our hand at making Viking style bread.


The recipe is based on an analysis of Viking Age bread,
found in Birka, Sweden.


About 150 g barley flour
About 50 g wholemeal flour
2 tsp crushed flax seeds
About 100 ml water
2 tsp lard or butter
A pinch of salt – To taste!


Work all the ingredients together
into a dough and knead.

Let the dough rest cold for at least
one hour, preferably longer. If left for longer, natural yeast in the atmosphere will start to work on the dough and add to the proving process.

Shape the dough into flat cakes.

Bake them in a dry cast iron pan on the stove over
medium heat, a few minutes on each
side, or in the oven at 170 degrees, for
10–12 minutes.

Best eaten while warm.




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32 comments for “Archaeology Gastronomy: Viking Skillet Style Bread

  1. shadowlink3339
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Hi, first time seeing your channel! I love that you give some history of how the Vikings cooked and what they used to cook with before the recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  2. wms72
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I bet if they could make chain mail, they could make a sieve to get sand out of their flour.

  3. Vicki S Nemeth
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    So, non-dessert cookies

  4. TheHuma999
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I am pretty sure that vikings didnt ate beans

  5. Henrique Nakamura
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Most underrated series on youtube

  6. Paul Deland
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Puri bread update – you use wheat flour (some people mix in a little white & semolina) salt, oil & water. Its kneaded & then rests for 30 mins or so then rolled out thin. The circles of dough are then fried in extremely hot oil that allows them to puff up. Most amazing bread on the planet!

  7. Paul Deland
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Many years ago I made some Indian Puri bread. It very simple yet complex. Basically wheat flour with clarified butter -ghee & then its fried. It puffs up like a little blowfish. If done right its very light & elegant. If its done wrong its heavy & greasy & does not puff up right.

  8. Josephine Winter
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    a big group of only men who roamed the world drinking hard? Clearly, the diet of the Vikings was that of the stag group – booze booze and more booze, with a breakfast of Super Noodles and cold kebab

  9. whynottalklikeapirat
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    They do look a bit bland to be honest ….

  10. Danielle Dovahsdottir
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Oh happy day! You made them with lard. <3 Yum! I thought they might end up a bit on the dry side. I wonder if such a food would've been eaten with a good amount of butter? The added fat would've helped with satiety, and made dense breads more enjoyable I think. Love this video!

  11. Linda Lee
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    thank you

  12. Bishka100
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Cover them in chocolate… Chocolate makes everything better.

  13. AirCooledMan2006
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    LOL at the Viking reenactor holding a McDonald's cup!

    If we found that shit in an actual Viking Age site (or better yet, a working smartphone), then that would suggest someone has discovered time travel. The archaeologists on site would have to consult an astrophysicist or two for this one.

  14. Melanie Willard
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    It sounds like a good accompaniment to bone broth. I bet it's good dipped in broth.

  15. rabyia Ahmed
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    how many cakes does this recipe make? 2?

  16. ᛞᛟᛟᛗᛁᚾ
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Back in the day, farm animals weren't raised to be eaten like they are today. People didn't butcher cows, goats or horses. most of the time the only way to survive the winter in the north was by collecting eggs and milk, and the horse was needed to do all the heavy pulling. Most likely people butchered farm animals only when they were so old that they had stopped producing.

  17. Thor Jørgensen
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    It's called "Norse" Skillet Style Bread. Being a viking is a profession.

  18. Helginator
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    we got rowanberry,bog bilberry, raspbery, wildstrawberrys, blueberrys, Cloudberry, Cowberry, Mossberry and Mountain Bearberry and more from nature.

  19. J.L. Roberts
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Buttermilk would surely have been used and helps raise 100% gluten free flours like buckwheat & rice. So I'm sure it would have helped with barley flour & rye flour. Melted grease, fat, or butter would help hold it together. A wetter flatter dough would cook better on an iron griddle or fry pan. Also, remember that modern humans who have grown up in a wheat, corn, rice and sugar based culture are not accustomed to the flavors or textures of barley or rye bread that has not been blended with a white flour.

  20. marmalade pie
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am


  21. ramona14220
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Dunk it in mead, it will be fine.

  22. TheSinfultictac
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Ash Cakes

  23. Tom Pinion
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Must be godawful if the best thing about it is that it isn't full of sand. Lol!

  24. Jeremy Knop
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    i've seen it made using buttermilk, also eaten with a spread of butter on top never hurts.

  25. Vihor Vetrov
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Replicating griddle by using oven? Are you serious? And putting fat in the bread? Really? It was most certainly just flour, salt and water, just like chapatis in India although on occasions all sorts of things went in. Very childish!

  26. Debasis Mohanty
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    The round stone grinders were used in south eastern india to grind rice and urad to make pithas simmilar to flatbread and pancackes.

  27. kikoff88
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Do love your channel. Though the norwegian in me got a tick in the right eye at the notion that our water isnt pristine. Haha.

  28. Seemor Disillusioned
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    My thoughts on the bread would be to dip it in honey . I know homes had a dining table but didn't the Vikings take communal meals for the most part ?

  29. Charles Cox
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Wait, the only natural sweetener was honey? What sort of artificial sweeteners did they have? Seriously, if it was the only sweetener available, why bother tagging it "natural"?

  30. Creel Unbelove'd
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    why no yeast, if make beer they could have scooped barm off top

  31. TrygveBlackTiger Media
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Funny is that people think nessesity drove the raids but it was over population raids was a way from vikings who just setteled to get food,wood and other prodouce easly

  32. Andreas Stie
    September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    If you eat the cow, you have nothing to pull your plow.. I've head that red onions where the norm in Scandinavia at the time.

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