We’ve been trying out rye bread recipes, looking for that elusive “sandwich” style rye bread that would still have that deli rye texture and flavor. This one adapted from the “Red Star Centennial Bread Sampler" from 1981 is just right. The buttermilk gives it a little of that tang, the texture is firm and nice, and the caraway seeds and molasses give it an old-fashioned flavor.
This is a sticky dough, don’t be tempted to add too much flour; after it rests, the lard makes it a very easy-to-handle dough. It’s a good choice for using your heavy-duty mixer, so you don’t knead in too much flour. The directions for this bread are mine…to make it quicker and easier to make. I cut the time from close to 3 hours to a little over 1 ½ hour using instant yeast and my heavy duty mixer. Check out our mixer bread information HERE. Remember, you can also make this recipe by hand too, the way I did for years.
We’re using ours for patty melt and Reuben sandwiches.
Buttermilk Rye Bread
2 cups rye flour (about 7 ounces)
2 packages instant yeast -- or rapid rise yeast
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup lard (or butter or shortening)
2 1/2 cups bread flour (about 9 ½ ounces)
In large mixing bowl, combine all rye flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, wheat germ, caraway seed and salt; mix well.
Heat buttermilk, water, molasses and lard until warm (120-125°). Add to flour mixture and blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Gradually add bread flour.
Change to dough hook and knead 6 minutes, or knead 8 minutes by hand. Cover bowl tightly, let rest in a warm place 10 minutes.
Divide into 2 parts, (about 1# 10 oz. each). Shape each into a loaf for 8 1/2" x 4 1/2” or 10" x 4" pans. Place in greased pans, let rise in warm place until doubled, about 35 minutes.
Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes until loaves read 200°-210° on an instant read thermometer. You may have to cover the loaves with foil or parchment paper the last 10 minutes to keep it from getting too brown on top.
Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.
Yield: "2 loaves"
Per Serving: 95 Calories; 2g Fat (16.7% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 17g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 2mg Cholesterol; 171mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain (Starch); 0 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.