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Delicious Homemade Rye Bread doesn’t get much simpler than this bakery style artisan bread. Caraway and rye flour gives the bread its distinct flavor. And guess what? No machines required! You can make this bread by hand!
 
Slices of both light and dark rye bread on a table.
 
 

Rye is one of our family favorites, but we can never find it in our local bakeries. It is a bread that is full of flavor and brings an interesting twist to sandwiches. Classic sandwiches using rye bread are pastrami on rye, tuna on rye, and corned beef on rye, but you could use rye in a variety of different sandwiches to bring out a new flavor. Or you can go the route of my children who just devour it plain. Seriously, who would have thought little kids would love rye bread so much?

This recipe is super simple to put together, gives some great bread making techniques, and makes a lovely light rye. I’ve also included instructions for a dark rye that has cocoa powder and molasses in it if you’d like to try your hand at that.

How to make Bakery Style Rye Bread:

The key to making great bakery-style bread at home is all in the method. Bakeries use steam ovens to get that wonderful chewy crust. You can create your own steam oven by placing a shallow pan of water in the oven with your bread. The water will evaporate in the heat, filling your oven with steam.

Using a baking stone or pizza stone is vital to creating both the perfect crust and the perfect crumb. Bakeries use fancy ovens of the masonry variety. See, the oven in your house cooks using radiated (the flame or the electrical elements) and convected heat (the air moving around the oven. A convection oven has fans to assist in the circulation of the air). A masonry oven is able to use conduction on top of convection and radiated heat. Masonry ovens utilize stone, just as their name suggests. Stone retain heat really well. When you put a loaf of bread directly on a hot stone, the stone transfers its heat to the bread through conduction. So when you use a pizza/baking stone, you are literally adding a third heating method into your oven. Isn’t that awesome? There’s your science lesson for the day!

Rye Bread with a few slices at the end of it stacked on top of each other.

Don’t have a mixer? No problem! Watch the video below where I show you how to make this bread by hand! No machines required. It’s THAT simple!

Rye Bread with a few slices at the end of it stacked on top of each other.
Delicious Homemade Rye Bread doesn’t get much simpler than this bakery style artisan bread. Caraway and rye flour gives the bread its distinct flavor. And guess what? No machines required! You can make this bread by hand!
Prep Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal for dusting

Cornstarch Wash

  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast, water, salt, caraway, and rye flour. Add in all-purpose flour 1 cup at a time, adding more if necessary to form a dough ball that doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. Dough should be soft, not stiff, but should hold together on its own without being overly sticky.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Shape it into a loaf by stretching the dough from the top center of the dough ball over the edges, and then underneath. It should look and feel like you are holding the loaf with two hands and are pulling the dough inside out with your thumbs. Give several of those pulls with your thumbs until you have a nice looking little loaf.
  • Dust a pizza peel or wooden cutting board with cornmeal. Put the loaf on the prepared board and let it rise for another 40 minutes.
  • Preheat a pizza/baking stone in the oven to 450 degrees. Place a shallow pan on the rack below the baking stone.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the 1/4 cup water. Microwave for 45 seconds. Brush the cornstarch liquid on top of the loaf and cut several parallel lines on the top.
  • Bake the loaf directly on the stone. When you put the loaf in, pour a tall glass of water into the shallow pan below. It’ll pop and sizzle and steam, so watch your hands. Close the oven door and bake for 30 minutes.
Notes
For a dark rye add the following ingredients to the dough:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoon dark bootstrap molasses
All other ingredients and instructions remain the same. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 1950kcal | Carbohydrates: 408g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 3528mg | Potassium: 1152mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 22.8mg
Course: Bread, Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rye Bread

This recipe first appeared on The Stay At Home Chef on January 30, 2013

Rye Bread with a few slices at the end of it stacked on top of each other.
Delicious Homemade Rye Bread doesn't get much simpler than this bakery style artisan bread. Caraway and rye flour gives the bread its distinct flavor. And guess what? No machines required! You can make this bread by hand!
Prep Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal for dusting

Cornstarch Wash

  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast, water, salt, caraway, and rye flour. Add in all-purpose flour 1 cup at a time, adding more if necessary to form a dough ball that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl. Dough should be soft, not stiff, but should hold together on its own without being overly sticky.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Shape it into a loaf by stretching the dough from the top center of the dough ball over the edges, and then underneath. It should look and feel like you are holding the loaf with two hands and are pulling the dough inside out with your thumbs. Give several of those pulls with your thumbs until you have a nice looking little loaf.
  • Dust a pizza peel or wooden cutting board with cornmeal. Put the loaf on the prepared board and let it rise for another 40 minutes.
  • Preheat a pizza/baking stone in the oven to 450 degrees. Place a shallow pan on the rack below the baking stone.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the 1/4 cup water. Microwave for 45 seconds. Brush the cornstarch liquid on top of the loaf and cut several parallel lines on the top.
  • Bake the loaf directly on the stone. When you put the loaf in, pour a tall glass of water into the shallow pan below. It'll pop and sizzle and steam, so watch your hands. Close the oven door and bake for 30 minutes.
Notes
For a dark rye add the following ingredients to the dough:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoon dark bootstrap molasses
All other ingredients and instructions remain the same. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 1950kcal | Carbohydrates: 408g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 3528mg | Potassium: 1152mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 22.8mg
Course: Bread, Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rye Bread

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James Ducroiset

Added weights and ratios, made the process much more consistent and repeatable, I also only had active dry yeast so I made the modifications where necessary. 1.5 cups dark rye flour – 156 g 3 cups all purpose flour – 360 g Warm water- 426 g – creates 83% hydration with the rye flour ratio of 30% 1.5 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar – added to water to proof yeast 1.5 Tbs yeast – active dry 1.5 Tbs caraway seeds 1. Proof yeast in warm water and sugar – 7 to 10 minutes 2. Mix rye, caraway, salt, and half… Read more »

Irene

Thanks!

Julie

5 stars
Very good.. I followed the recipe as written and it was delicious.. I used a cast iron skillet to bake it in. And it came out perfect! Will definitely make this again :))

Missy

What a great idea! I have a cast iron skillet but not a pizza stone. We love rye bread but the only time I made it the loaf pulled apart during baking and was too heavy. I like the idea of the water in the pan on the shelf beneath the bread. I’ll try and get back to you on my results. PS: I used to have a pampered chef pizza stone but gave to my daughter, as the stone smelled rancid from the oils….even though I followed the directions to clean (supposedly shouldn’t use soap, just a damp sponge… Read more »

Missy

I made this bread using a cast iron skillet as one of the other reviewers used. It worked great and the bread was delicious! My husband loved it and he loves rye bread. Next time I will try the dark rye version. I definitely give this recipe 5 stars! So easy with the Kitchen Aid Mixer I’ve had for 38 years.

Karen Lawrence

5 stars
This was the best recipe for rye bread I have found. Thank you.

Karen G

Would this work in a Dutch oven! Waiting on rye flour to make this!

Dee

Hi, this recipe was so easy, fast and delicious – thank you! A quick one – how would you recommend using starter in place of active dry yeast?

joy

5 stars
this recipe is super delicious. i baked it for the first time and came out sooooo delicious. thanks for the recipe

Missy

5 stars
See my comments…one before I tried recipe and one after.
So easy. Didn’t have a stone, but used an iron skillet and it came out great!

cindy konoff

Rachael, want to make this bread, but I’m not sure about preheating a pizza stone on that high of heat.
I have a pizza stone from pampered chef, and I thought it could crack if you don’t have anything on it.
Do you have any insight on that?

You should always check the instructions that come with your particular pizza stone if you are concerned about the temperature.

Andrew Wayne Landen

Rachael, I use for a baking stone, a 21″ x 13″ x 3/8″, glazed one side, ceramic floor tile. I got this one at Home Depot. I bought it for size primarily. I place it on the rack, set high as practical, in the oven & set the temperature initially at 250 F. When the oven reaches that temperature, I then raise the setting to 350 F or what ever is my preferred baking temperature & wait for the oven to come to final temperature. To access the stone, I never handle the stone itself but slide the oven rack… Read more »

Barbara Da Dalt

I’m using a pampered chef pizza stone and have had no issues. Making it today as a matter of fact!

Susanne King

I have the pampered chef pizza stone. I bake all my bread on it. 450 decrees, no problem.

Janice Kerr

I made the bread this morning. The instructions are easy to follow. The bread is delicious. It will take all my will power not to eat it all today.

Christie Moon

This was delicious. I made the dark variety. I only needed 2.5 cups of flour, and in fact the dough got a little too stiff so I added about a tablespoon more of water and then about a tablespoon or so more of rye flour to even it all out, then kneaded with the dough hook for about a minute before doing the first rise. I got a little worried after the second rise, when it felt like it had kind of splooped out and was too flat, but it has good crumb and an even texture. I might try… Read more »

This was AMAZING bread! I have made the regular and dark rye – love the artisan bakery style – and so easy! I did add 2 tablespoons of King Arthur’s Flour Rye Bread Improver to the regular rye bread. So good. Thank you!

Sharne Reeves

I baked this last night and it was absolutely amazing! I didn’t have caraway seeds at home, so I substituted with a tsp of nutmeg and two tsp of cocoa! Came out beautifully! So soft and delish! Thanks for the great recipe and guide, Rachel!

Sharon Isikoff

5 stars
This is a great recipe. I made one rye and one pumpernickel and they were both terrific. Crust was amazing. Thank you so much.

Helen B

5 stars
This bread is heavenly. I will try it in a loaf pan to use for traditional sandwich bread. Thank you!

Mark

I love Marble Rye. can it be made from this recipe? would you have to make the 2 colors separately and roll the dough like a stromboli, or would you make 2 ropes and twist them & tuck the ends under, and make it in a loaf pan? Please let me know. Thanks!

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