German Rye Bread


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I love this dark bread with cold cuts, mustard and pickles or chutney. Don't substitute molasses for treacle, it won't be the same.


Serves: 24 

  • 15g dried active baking yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) warm water (45 degrees C)
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (125g) treacle
  • 30g soft butter
  • 3 cups (370g) rye flour
  • 3 cups (375g) bread flour

Preparation:2hours30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:3hours 

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. In a large bowl combine milk, sugar and salt. Use a mixer to beat in treacle, butter, yeast mixture and nearly 1/2 of the rye flour.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the remaining rye flour. Add bread flour by stirring until the dough is stiff enough to knead.
  4. Knead 5 to 10 minutes, adding flour as needed. If the dough sticks to your hands or the board add more flour.
  5. Cover dough and let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double.
  6. Punch down dough and divide to form two round loaves. Let loaves rise on a greased baking tray until double, about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

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Reviews (5)


I'm very sorry, but this recipe has nearly nothing in common with a german rye bread. For the traditional german bread you need nothing but flour, water and salt. - 14 Jul 2008


If you're looking for a great rye bread, this is not it. I felt the sweetness and the absence of caraway detracted from any rye flavour that was meant to be.The rye flavour was definitely missing. I was disappointed because I was looking for a flavourful rye. NOTE TO SCRUFFY: Just halve this recipe and you can do it in your bread machine. Its better if you take the loaf out of the machine after the second rise and shape it into a round. Bake at 190 degrees for 33-35 minutes. - 14 Jul 2008


Yum! There's something so comforting knowing that you've just made your own bread. My yeast may not have been fresh, as my dough didn't rise, however, it didn't seem to affect the taste at all. I added about 4 tbsp of honey to the dough along with some caraway. Before baking, I brushed the tops of the bread with egg white and sprinkled on more caraway. This was wonderful, well done and thanks! - 14 Jul 2008

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