A classic rye bread recipe with caraway seeds that makes two round loaves that are tender but sturdy and make the best toast and sandwiches.
- 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
- ¾ cup warm water
- 2 cups warm milk
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons caraway seed
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3-4 cups dark rye flour
- In a large mixing bowl dissolve the yeast in warm water and the allow the mixture to sit for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the milk, molasses, butter, salt, caraway seeds and the all purpose flour.
- Mix very well until smooth and continue to mix for another 2-3 minutes at this stage (this helps to develop the gluten).
- Add enough rye flour to make dough easy to handle and stir to incorporate as well as you can.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured work surface.
- Knead dough until smooth (about 10 minutes), gradually adding any remaining rye flour.
- Place the smooth dough in a greased bowl (I just grease the one I mixed it up in).
- Turn the dough around until greased side is up.
- Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
- Punch down dough and remove it from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
- Divide into two even pieces.
- Form each piece of dough into round loaves.
- Place the shaped loaves on a parchment lined baking sheet and let rise until double (about 1 hour)
- Bake at 425 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes or until the top is a deep brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing.
- You can use light rye flour if that's what you have on hand. I like the dark rye as it lends to a little more flavor in my opinion. It's the whole grain version of light rye (like a whole wheat flour vs. all-purpose) and it adds a lot to the texture of the bread too.
- Caraway seeds have a very specific flavor and I love them in rye bread. That being said, my kids don't love them. I'll often make a batch without them for them.
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 30 min
- Category: side
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
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