German Dark Rye Bread

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This dark rye bread is very hearty with a nice nutty flavor. It is a dark loaf that is similar to German rye bread traditions. It is high in fiber and has outstanding health benefits especially when compared to other breads.

Depending on preference or mood, you can make this bread sweet or keep it simple. It is best served warm right out of the oven but can be frozen for later use.


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German Dark Rye Bread
Serves 12
A Dark Hearty Loaf with a Nutty Flavor
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Prep Time
1 hr 50 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
1 hr 50 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
  1. *¼ cup water
  2. *1 package active dry yeast or 1 compressed cake
  3. *1 ¾ cup milk, you can also substitute w/buttermilk
  4. *2 TBLS butter
  5. *1/3 cup molasses
  6. *1 TBLs honey
  7. *1 teaspoon salt
  8. *2 cups rye flour
  9. *1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  10. *¼ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  11. *1 cup currants or raisins (optional)
  12. *Butter
  1. Preheat oven to 400’
  2. In a large bowl add warm water and stir in yeast. Let the yeast rest for about 10 minutes.
  3. Scald milk and add honey, molasses, butter and salt. Also add currents if desired. Cool to lukewarm and then add to yeast.
  4. Add the rye flour and cocoa powder to the yeast. Mix until smooth. Add the wheat flour a little at a time until you have soft dough.
  5. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until elastic and smooth.
  6. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with towel and put in a warm place.
  7. Allow dough to rise double in bulk, about 1 hour. Knead lightly then divide dough in half Form two loaves and place in oiled baking loaf pan preferably glass. Brush with butter and sesame seeds if desired. Egg whites (beaten) can be brushed on the top so the sesame seeds stick to the surface better.
  8. Cover the loaves and set in a warm area. Allow to rise for about 1 hour or until double in bulk.
  9. Bake loaves for 25-35minutes or until top is golden brown.
  1. For a nice variation, add a tablespoon of caraway seed and omit the currents.
  2. Diet Type: Vegetarian
  3. Diet tags: High Protein
  4. Culinary Tradition: German
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German Butter Dishes

When  German rye bread comes out of the oven you absolutely have to serve it with fresh butter, it is the best. Since I grew up in a German family (and a French family) we always had a lot of homemade bread. I can remember that there was always a butter dish that kept the butter soft and fresh. The butter was easy to spread on warm slices of bread and always tasted fabulous.

Check out some of the beautiful butter dishes that are quite reasonably priced.



Picture credit

Old world rye bread on wire rack: victoriachan via photopin cc

Rye bread bursting at seams: avlxyz via photopin cc

 German Dark Rye Bread with onions: kochtopf via photopin cc


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