“Lagom” is a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount” (not too little, not too much), and this dense yet tender seeded apple and oat bread from the cookbook of the same name is a perfect example of the concept. It’s just sweet enough, thanks to the apples and honey, with an extra boost of fall flavor from fresh thyme and ground hazelnuts. It’s just healthy enough to make you feel good about eating it—there’s whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt in there too—but delicious enough to taste like a treat.
And while it’s great sliced and toasted for breakfast or a snack with a little butter or cream cheese (and maybe an extra drizzle of honey), it’s also balanced enough between sweet and savory that it would be fantastic alongside a bowl of butternut squash soup for lunch or dinner.
Excerpted with permission from Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously by Steffi Knowles-Dellner, published by Quadrille © February 2018. Photography by Yuki Sugiura.
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