Josh’s Marbled Rye Bread

Total Time

Prep: 50 min + rising, Bake Time: 45 min + cooling


1 loaf (16 pieces)

Updated: Jan. 31, 2023
This impressive marble rye bread may look like it would be difficult to make, but it's actually quite easy! The flavors of the bread are mild yet satisfying. And I enjoy eating it with just a simple spread of butter or on a hearty sandwich loaded with my favorite fixings. —Josh Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Josh's Marbled Rye Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5 cups bread flour, divided
  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon rye flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup potato flour
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 3 teaspoons instant or quick-rise yeast
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark baking cocoa
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 4 cups bread flour, 2 cups rye flour, potato flour, milk powder, sugar, caraway seeds, yeast, onion powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together warm water and oil; pour over flour mixture and stir until combined. Dough will be sticky. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; with floured hands, knead dough, incorporating remaining 1 cup bread flour as needed until dough becomes smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Divide dough in half. Mix dark cocoa powder with remaining 1 tablespoon rye flour; knead cocoa mixture into 1 portion of dough until fully incorporated.
  2. Lightly coat 2 large bowls with oil. Place 1 portion of dough into each bowl and turn to coat. Cover and allow dough to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time, turn onto lightly floured surface; roll each into a 14x12-inch rectangle. Place dough with cocoa on top of remaining dough; starting with a long side, roll jelly-roll style to form a spiral, pinching seam together to seal. Place seam side down in a greased 13x4-inch Pullman loaf pan, tucking ends under to form smooth loaf. Loosely cover pan with damp cloth or plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours; dough should rise about 1/2 to 3/4 inch above edge of loaf pan.
  3. Brush loaf with egg wash; using a sharp knife, cut 3-4 deep diagonal slashes on top of loaf. Cover with nonstick foil and place in preheated 400° oven; bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° bake 20 minutes. Remove foil; bake until loaf is deep golden brown and reaches an internal temperature of 200° when measured with an instant-read thermometer, about 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven; allow to cool 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 273 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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