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German Rye Bread

"We like this homemade rye so much that I seldom buy bread anymore," writes May Ann Bonk of New Berlin, Wisconsin. "For the past 10 years, I've made this bread for our church bake sales and it always goes quickly."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 loaves (8 slices each)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 4 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons caraway seeds


  • In a 4-qt. glass bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups warm water; whisk in rye flour until smooth. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel. Let stand in a warm place for about 4 hours or until batter falls about 1 in. and surface bubble activity is reduced. Stir in the sugar, caraway seeds, salt, 5 cups all-purpose flour and remaining water; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Divide dough into four portions. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Shape into four round loaves, about 6 in. each. Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon cornmeal. Place loaves on pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • With a sharp knife, make several slashes across the top of each loaf. Brush with egg. Sprinkle each loaf with 1 teaspoon caraway seeds. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes, rotating pans after 15 minutes, or until browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 136 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.
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  • Kurt
    Jan 18, 2020

    This a reminder of my younger days,great with herb and garlic cream cheese while the bread is still warm,awesome with home made beef stew,lol I’m in heaven

  • Becky
    Feb 20, 2019

    Wonderful! I make it into three 9x5 bread pans for three tasty loaves. I put just a tad more caraway inside the dough for extra flavor. Then butter all over tops right when it comes out of oven. Delicious with butter and piece of american cheese or as toast with butter. I've made this many times and it comes out great each time. Perfect bread recipe.

  • jackson1usa
    Feb 22, 2016

    I tried it last week. I made it into two loaves and they came out GREAT !!!Thanks

  • daisylight
    Sep 15, 2010

    A little time consuming, but worth it! I halve the recipe and make a 9x5 loaf. I omit the egg wash, as it has a tendancy to make the bread stick to the pan. Produces a moist, dense bread, it's an excellent recipe!