Imagine mixing the ingredients for a loaf of bread in a big pot and then planting it in the dirt to bake. In several parts of Iceland, this is exactly what the locals do! The natural geothermal energy of Iceland's landscape, which is caused by its volcanic conditions, is used to heat the homes and buildings there. In many of the country's 'hot spots' where the earth can be heated to more than 100 degrees, the conditions are perfect (coincidentally) for baking rye bread. On a visit to the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa near Thingvillir, Iceland, we were treated to several slices of this deliciously sweet bread. Below is the recipe along with several photographs of the loaf we enjoyed at the spa.
Here is the recipe from the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa:
4 cups rye
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 liter of whole milk
Put the mixture in a bowl and stir ingredients together.
Grease a large pot with butter
Put the dough in the pot and wrap it thoroughly so the hotspring water cannot get in
Dig a hole in the boiling sand and leave the pot there for 24 hours.
Remove it and let it cool slightly before serving
You can read more about Iceland's geothermal technology, which is entirely sustainable and renewable, by clicking here.