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Rustic Rye Bread

 Rustic Rye Bread
This gorgeous rye bread has just a touch of sweetness and the perfect amount of caraway seeds. With a crusty top and firm texture, it holds up well to sandwiches, but a pat of butter will do the job, too. —Holly Wade, Harrisonburg, Virginia
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light molasses
  • 3 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1-3/4 cups rye flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add the brown
  • sugar, molasses, caraway seeds, oil, salt and remaining water; mix
  • well. Add the rye flour, whole wheat flour and 1-3/4 cups
  • all-purpose flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining
  • all-purpose flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic,
  • about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray,
  • turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place
  • until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; shape into two round loaves. Place on a baking
  • sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled,
  • about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from

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Rustic Rye Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pan to wire rack to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 104 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1-1/2 starch.