Tag Archives: Rye bread

Rye Test Week 5–FARMER LOAF/BAUERNLAIB (Austria)

5 Dec

MainThis is one of my favorites from the recipe testing group to date.  It has hints of fennel and caraway and overall just tastes great with a nice moist crumb.  It’s perfect for sandwiches or just about anything.Closeup1



I’m not posting the other recipe from this group which was a Cider Rye since it didn’t turn out the way intended and ended up with a gummy crumb.

Look forward to week 6 which I will start this weekend with a nice Black Bread.

Rye Test Week 3–Wroclaw Trencher Bread (Poland) and Weinheim Carrot Bread (Germany)

22 Nov

MainWho knew there were so many different styles of rye bread?  This is just the third week of testing and I am continued to be amazed and impressed by the recipes in the new yet to be published book on international rye breads.

This week’s breads included one from Poland called Wroclaw Trencher bread which is meant to used as a plate to hold your meal.  This was by far the most sour tasting of any of the breads to date and would go great with a nice beef stew.



The second bread for this week was the Weinheim Carrot bread.  Main

I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a bread with carrots in it since I’m not a big fan of carrot cake, but you really don’t taste them very much.  This bread includes a whole bunch of seeds and other goodies and is a real nice and hearty loaf.  Definitely something I can see being very popular in Germany.




So far all of the breads I have made have been well received by my own gang of taste testers and I look forward to baking the next batch this week.



13 Nov

MainThis is the fourth recipe I have been asked to test from the upcoming Rye Bread baking book by Stan Ginsberg.  This one was much different than the first three.  It ended up being pretty simple to make and the final bread had a very tender crumb and soft crust with a nice mild tang to it.




This is definitely one I would make again.

I also baked my second attempt at the Sprouted Wheat Pain Au Levain from Peter Reinhart’s new book “Bread Revolution”.  I am really enjoying reading the book so far but unfortunately my first two attempts at this recipe did not come out correctly.  I am using my own sprouted flour and I think I didn’t let the sprouted berries dry enough which could have an effect on the final outcome of my dough.

The first attempt I let the dough over-proof and it had no oven rise and ended up being a door stop.  The second attempt below I thought I proofed it correctly but it may have been under-proofed.  It still had no oven rise to speak of and ended up with a very gummy crumb.  Both attempts were not really edible.  Once I stock up on some more wheat berries I will give this another go and hope for better results.



Stay tuned for the next 2 recipes from the Rye book soon.









9 Nov

MainThis is the third recipe I have been asked to test from the upcoming Rye Bread baking book by Stan Ginsberg.  The beer is not too overpowering and the crumb is fairly moist for this hydration level of bread.  Overall a nice rye bread that makes a nice sandwich with some pastrami or corned beef.








Jewish Deli Rye from ITJB Take 2 with Onions

18 Jan

FINALOne of my more popular posts has been my original version of this bread following the recipe from Inside the Jewish Bakery.  I promised one of my commentators I would try this again so I can answer some of her questions on how to utilize this formula for a bakery program she is running.

I used freshly milled rye flour in place of the white rye flour in the original recipe and I also added 25 grams of dehydrated onions which were re-hydrated by mixing with the water for the dough.  I used some of my recently made rye starter at 100% hydration and compensated for the lower 80% hydration called for by adjusting the flour and water slightly.

I found the starter and the dough to be very easy to handle and the end result of the bake was probably one of the best ryes I have made to date.  The crumb was nice and moist and the onion flavor was just enough to make this the perfect bread for a hot pastrami sandwich with melted Munster Cheese.


If you have not tried this one, you don’t know what you are missing!  There is no comparison between this rye bread and the sorry excuse they sell in the supermarket.

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Multi-Grain Urbrot “Challenge Bread”

6 Oct

Final1Karen from Brot & Brad and the Fresh Loaf posted an exciting baking challenge to create a German style multi-grain rye bread called an Urbrot.  This was based on her recent trip to Germany while visiting Fredrick the Great’s Sanssouci.  Please read her excellent write-up on her travels and a recap of all the challenge bakes from fellow TFL members here.

I finally had some time to take up the challenge and decided to bake my version similar to a Bordinsky.  Please take a look at Varda’s (recipe here) from The Fresh Loaf website for the play by-play.

I did borrow from Janet’s recipe on the Fresh Loaf for my percentages and I followed her procedure for the Sour build.  In retrospect since I was using my AP starter to create the Sour I should have built it in 2 steps and not 1.  I had to wait around 8 hours for the Sour to activate and it still could have been more active for my taste.  Next time I would follow the multi-step build Varda included.

I’m not sure the bakers percentages are accurate in my formula below, but if you follow the ingredients list and amounts you will be fine.

The Harvest Grain blend mix from King Arthur flour includes the following ingredients: Whole oat berries, millet, rye flakes, wheat flakes, flax seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. In addition to using this mix I added pecans, baked potato, almond flour, wild mushroom and sage olive oil and a bunch more whole grains.

I used dark rye flour from King Arthur Flour which they call Pumpernickel flour and just to make things interesting I added dehydrated onions to the sour mix and used coffee for part of the liquid.

All in all this came out excellent for this type of bread.  I am not sure how to describe the flavor profile but it was mildly sour and chock-full of flavor.





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80% Sourdough Rye from Hamelman’s Bread-Detmolder Method

7 Apr

MainAfter returning from the first ever TFL gathering in Lexington MA last weekend I wanted to use some the rye starter that Varda gave me to make a rye bread.  Dave Snyder posted his latest bake of the above bread on The Fresh Loaf this past week and pushed me over the edge to try it myself.  You can find the recipe at his original post here.

This recipe uses a three-step build process called the Detmolder  process which by using precise temperatures for each build is supposed to optimize the development of yeast growth, lactic acid and acetic acid production.

David had described his latest bake as having an almost sweet taste without that much sour flavor.  My bake to me seemed to have a much more sour flavor than intended.  I think I might have rushed the second build a bit which could have effected the final outcome.

In any case, the crumb came out about where I think it should for such a high percentage rye bread.  The crust ended up much more thick than I think it should.

This type of dough is docked instead of scored and you only use steam for the first 5 minutes of the bake.


Before Docking Dough


Docked Dough


I used my knife tool to dock the dough. Worked fine.

I will have to try this one again and see if I get the same result.



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