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Sliced Rye Bread with interior crumb exposed

Rye Bread Recipe

Julia Frey of Vikalinka
Take the fear out of rye bread making by following this clear, step-by-step recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine European
Servings 10
Calories 245 kcal


  • 100ml/1/2cup boiling water
  • 3 tbsp black treacle/molasses
  • 2 tbsp barley malt extract
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 240g/2 cups light rye flour
  • 240g/2 cups white bread wheat flour
  • 7g/2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 50g/1/2 cup sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or rapeseed oil
  • 250ml/1 cup tepid water


  • In a cup combine boiling water, black treacle or molasses, barley malt extract. Then in a mixing bowl mix both flours, yeast, salt, ground coriander and sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts. Create a well in the center and pour in the liquid mixture together with oil and ⅔ of the tepid water. Mix well adding more water if the mixture if too dry. (It will vary depending on the humidity in the house.)
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then knead for 1 minute. Take it out of the bowl and knead it for at least 5 minutes on a floured surface. Then cover with a cloth and let it rise for 1.5 hours in a warm place.
  • Shape the dough into a boule (ball) using a simple stretch and fold method. Lightly stretch each side of the dough and keep tucking them in until you've form a ball. Place it on a floured surface seams side down, sprinkle with more flour, cover it and let it rise for another hour.
  • Preheat the oven to its maximum temperature (260C/500F) with the Dutch oven in it.
  • Before placing the dough in the preheated Dutch oven slash a cross on top with a sharp knife. Carefully drop the dough in the Dutch oven, cover with a lid and baked covered for 20 minutes. Then take the lid off and bake for 15-20 minutes until dark and the top is crispy. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.


Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 467mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gCalcium: 45mgIron: 3mg
Keyword rye bread, Russian rye bread
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