Rustic Rye Bread: A Polish Wholesome Delight


Embark on a journey of authentic Polish flavors with this rustic rye bread, a beloved staple that has graced tables for generations. With its hearty texture, nutty aroma, and rich taste, this bread is a true celebration of simple, wholesome ingredients that will transport you to the cozy bakeries of Poland.

Rustic Rye Bread: A Polish Wholesome Delight

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes (plus 2 hours for rising)
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 1 loaf (12 slices)
  • Serving Size: 1 slice

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 160
  • Total Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Total Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 5g


  • 1 cup (240ml) warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup (120g) rye flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (optional)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, active dry yeast, and honey. Stir gently and let the mixture rest for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is activated and foamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the rye flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and caraway seeds (if using).
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the yeast mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough to release air bubbles, then shape it into a round loaf.
  7. Place the loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a greased loaf pan and cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap.
  8. Let the dough rise for another hour.
  9. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  10. Bake the rye bread for 35-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  11. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a kitchen scale for accurate measurements of the flour for the best texture.
  • If the dough seems too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it becomes smooth and pliable.
  • For a crispy crust, place a small oven-safe dish filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven while baking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use all rye flour instead of a combination of rye and all-purpose?

A: Yes, you can use 100% rye flour, but the bread may be denser and more compact in texture.

Q: Can I add other seeds or grains to this bread?

A: Absolutely! Try adding sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or rolled oats for extra texture and nutrition.

Q: How should I store this rye bread?

A: Store the bread in an airtight container or bread bag at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it for longer storage.

Embrace the rich, rustic flavors of this Polish rye bread, a timeless classic that will elevate your dining experience with its hearty texture and nutty aroma. Savor each slice, allowing the warmth and comfort of traditional Polish baking to envelop you in a delightful embrace.