Swedish Rye Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


4 loaves (8 slices each)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This recipe came from my mother, and it's long been a family favorite. You can make a meal of it with soup and a salad.
Swedish Rye Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 molasses
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 cups rye flour
  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup water. Add sugar, molasses, shortening, salt and remaining water; stir well. Add rye flour; beat until smooth. Add enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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. Punch dough down.
  3. Shape into 4 round loaves. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, 45-60 minutes. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Brush with butter.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 109 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.