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Web's Best Rye Bread Recipe

Nothing's more satisfying than turning out a great rye bread recipe!

Trivia: Remember the Seinfeld episode when George's parents reclaimed a rye bread that Susan's parents did not serve at their family dinner?

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Tip: Rye bread is high in soluble fibre, and therefore, a healthy food choice.

Rye Bread Recipe

makes two loaves

1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar (first amount)
1 pkg granular yeast
3/4 cup water
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp margarine
2 tsp sugar (second amount)
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp caraway seeds
2 1/2 cup unsifted dark rye flour
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flur (plus some extra for the board)
2 tbsp. corn meal
1 egg white
1 tbsp sugar (third amount)

Measure the 1/2 cup lukewarm water into a large mixing bowl andadd 1 tsp. sugar and the yeast. Let stand for ten minutes.

Put the 3/4 cup water, milk, honey, margarine, 2 tsp sugar, salt and caraway seeds into a pot, and heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and liquids are lukewarm. Add lukewarm liquids to risen yeast liquid. Combine flours and add 2 cups to the liquids and beat hard until smooth. Add remaining flours and work in as well as you can. Turn out on floured board and knead 200 times. Return to scraped down bowl, cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled. Then punch down risen dough and knead 200 times on floured board. Shape into ball, cut in half, shape each half into a longish roll about 3" in diameter at center with tapered ends.

Sprinkle corn meal on a large cookie sheet and place loaves on it 4" apart. Brush tops with mixture of egg white and 2 tbsp sugar. Let rise in warm place until nearly touching and tripled in size, about 2 hours. Bake at 400 ° for 15 minutes then redeuce heat to 325° for half an hour longer or until loaves sound hollow then tapped. Cool on racks.

Enjoy your rye bread recipe with corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese and any other good thing you can imagine!


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