How To Make Rye Bread

Who hasn’t seen the Seinfeld episode about the marble rye where Jerry tries to swipe the very last coveted loaf from an old lady?  “Stop thief! Stop him! He’s got my marble rye!”

francis-bayInstead of mugging an old lady for her loaf of rye bread, here is a recipe to make your very own.  One that would make you proud if Seinfeld tried to pilfer it from you.  I have plans for my rye bread.  Reuben sammies are on the menu for tomorrow’s dinner and I can’t wait to give them a try.

Dark Rye Bread

1 cup cold brewed coffee
1 Tbsp shortening
1 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dark rye flour
1 tsp yeast

1. Place ingredients into bread maker in the order listed above. Set to ‘Dough’ setting and let her rip.  If you do not have a bread maker, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, turn out onto a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and no longer sticky.

2. When the dough cycle has finished, remove the bread from the bread maker and knead in about another 1/2 cup of flour.

rye bread_one3. Place in a greased loaf pan (or non-stick loaf pan), cover with a tea towel and let rise until double in bulk.

rye bread_two4. Bake in a 350°F oven for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool before slicing.

rye bread_threeMakes one small loaf.


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