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Old-World Rye Bread Recipe

Old-World Rye Bread Recipe

Rye and caraway lend to this bread's wonderful flavor, while the surprise ingredient of baking cocoa gives it a rich, dark color. I sometimes stir in a cup each of raisins and walnuts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Beat in the molasses, butter, rye flour, cocoa, caraway seeds, salt and 2 cups all-purpose flour until smooth. Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a stiff dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each piece into a loaf, about 10 in. long. Grease two baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves on prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals (calculated without cornmeal) 146 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 229 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.