Wonderful Rye Bread

Earlier this winter, my brother stayed with me for a bit and, bored out of his brains, took up baking as a new hobby of sorts.  In addition to making lots of cookies (a report on the ginger lacies will be forthcoming), he decided to take up the art of bread making.  After consulting the recipe box my grandma gave me a few years ago for Christmas, he unearthed this rye bread recipe.  Although my brother is no longer staying with me, the five pound bag of rye flour hasn’t moved an inch since his departure.  In an effort to clear some room in my pantry, I’ve been baking this bread when I have the chance.  It’s pretty easy, and I have to say, in addition to being VVG, it lives up to it’s name and really is quite wonderful!

Wonderful Rye Bread

2 1/2 c. warm potato water (I didn’t have any potatoes today, so I used a parsnip and a chunk of sweet potato – it seemed to work fine)
2 pkg. dry yeast or 2 T.
4 T. brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. rye flour (sifted – Sorry, Grandma – I didn’t sift it!)
5 c. flour
4 T. soft shortening (I used butter)
1 T. caraway seed (optional)

Add in order.  Knead well several minutes.  Let rise until double.  Mix down.  Let rise again. Shape into loaves.  Let rise again.  Bake at 375º for 50 mins.

loaf of rye bread


5 responses to “Wonderful Rye Bread

  1. Ironic, I just bought rye flour and made rye muffins (no comment on those)! But I’m lazy when it comes to mixing this stuff up – will divide this recipe in half and see if it works in the bread machine. Hopefully it will look and be as tasty as yours!

  2. Sounds good, without the carway seeds for me though. Lynn, let me know if this works well in the breadmaker. Not much of a yeast dough maker otherwise.
    Alyssa I was excited to hear your blog. thanks!

  3. You are so lucky to have had Grandma teach you to bake. Yeast fills me with fear. Probably because my only attempts could best be described as edible tennis balls.

  4. I’m excited for the cookies. The bread is VVG, but the cookies are VVVVVVVVVVVVVG. 🙂

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