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Effortless Overnight Rye Loaf

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It's not typical to bake a good rye bread without using sourdough starter, and it can be quite challenging as the gluten in rye does not develop into strong and stretchy dough the way wheat gluten does, so the dough is more fragile, sticker, and the crumb is usually tighter and denser due to its low gluten content. And it also takes ages to rise, sometimes it could take up to 3-4 days before the bread is done. But it's undoubtly more delicious, flavourful and nutritious. This is why I am so excited to share this effortless overnight 100% rye bread recipe with you. We will use exclusively two grams of fresh yeast and an overnight rest of the dough to make the bread even more digestible and aromatic. Due to the long fermentation, sugar molecules that are difficult to digest and cause bloating and discomfort are broken down. Besides that, fiber and starch swell better, which also ensures better digestibility. If desired, you can also add 1 tablespoon of caraway or anise seeds to help with the digestion and for an even earthier flavour.
Unlike wheat breads which are best eaten shortly after cooling or right out of the oven, both the texture and flavour of rye bread improves after a rest of 12-24 hours. Once the bread has cooled completely, place it in a paper bag or wrap it loosely in foil and slice it the next day. If you can't wait, then allow it to rest at least 3 hours before slicing.

  • 480 ml Water at 20C/68F
  • 20 g Apple cider vinegar
  • 150 g Plain yoghurt
  • 2 g Fresh yeast
  • 630 g Light or medium rye flour (I used German Roggenmehl #1150)
  • 150 g Rye berries, milled to flour (or wholemeal rye flour)
  • 12-15 g Sea salt
  1. In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, add water, apple cider vinegar and yoghurt. Whisk everything together.
  2. Add the rye flours and mix with a dough hook for about 4 minutes on the lowest speed until a rough dough comes together. Now add the salt and mix, still on the lowest speed for 4 more minutes. Now cover the dough with a damp kitchen cloth and let it rest for 12-15 hours at room-temperature.
  3. Lightly grease a standard-size pullman loaf pan with butter and dust with rye flour, including the lid. Set aside.
  4. Scrape the dough out onto a clean work surface and with moistened hands shape the dough into an oblong loaf that fits snugly into the bread pan. Place the loaf into the prepared pullman baking pan.
  5. Let the dough rise in the covered baking pan for another 60 minutes at room temperature. About 20 minutes before the end of the proofing time, start preheating the oven to 250C/500F.
  6. Lightly dust the loaf with a little of rye flour and put the lid on the pullman loaf pan. Bake the bread in the middle of hot oven for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 200C/400F and bake for another 50 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes. The bread should have a nice brown colour and crispy crust. Remove the bread from the oven and turn out on a wire rack to cool for about at least 3 hours before slicing.

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Tom 27/11/23 13:07

...easy sounds good to me.

Javier 27/11/23 13:08

I would like to taste one slice of this marvellous bread!

Rose world 27/11/23 13:10

That is one beautiful bread. Look dense to me.

DEZMOND 27/11/23 13:24

Looks lovely, I make oat bread in a similar way, only use an egg instead of apple vinegar.

speedy70 27/11/23 14:15

Ottimo pane, complimenti!!!

eileeninmd 27/11/23 15:02

Your homemade bread looks delicious!
Thanks for sharing!
Take care, have a wonderful week!

Lola Martínez 27/11/23 16:38

Que pan más hermoso, eres una experta en prepararlos, eso no hay más que verlo y resulta una delicia con poco que se acompañe.

Bill 27/11/23 17:21

I like rye bread and that looks very good.

Hena Tayeb 27/11/23 17:28

Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Granny Sue 27/11/23 17:28

I would have to hunt for a couple of those ingredients, but it does discount doable and delicious. Oh for an app to convert metric measurements in one click!

Anonymous 27/11/23 17:45

Judee from Gluten free A-Z- As always your breads look delicious, healthy, and wonderful

Cooking Julia 27/11/23 18:41

Wonderful loaf I love rye bread!

savorthebest 27/11/23 18:46

This looks delicious, I love rye bread.

Norma2 27/11/23 19:19

Angie, I usually make rye bread using 1kg of flour and 300g of rye. The 15-hour rest that you have given it helps it to ferment correctly and that the gases emanating from the dough develop very well and do us no harm when digesting them.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station 27/11/23 20:18

Rye bread is so wonderful - yummy looking

Mbul Kecil 27/11/23 20:43

Yummy! Like your bread so much...very healthy for breakfast menu as toast or eat them with strawberry jam..

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 27/11/23 22:20

Rye flour could be quite challenging to work with, but you've achieved the impeccable result here. The bread looks terrific, and I can almost feel its aroma!

Lowcarb team member 27/11/23 23:34

As others have also said 'it looks amazing'

All the best Jan

Brian's Home Blog 27/11/23 23:47

That looks totally delicious!

Citu 28/11/23 02:58

Gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 28/11/23 14:35

that's my favorite kind of bread and you had me at effortless. I wonder if I can bake it in a bowl we usually fill a rye round loaf with Spinach dip which I LOVE!!

[Reply] 28/11/23 16:02

Your bread baking skills are beyond amazing Angie!

Pam 28/11/23 18:59

My favorite bread! Another gorgeous loaf.

Daniela 28/11/23 21:12

Il pane di segale è buonissimo. Il tuo è stupendo :) Un abbraccio

MELODY JACOB 29/11/23 03:44

oh my gosh it looks so good
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Anonymous 29/11/23 10:51

Beautiful loaf of bread! I will need to look at our natural food store to find the rye berries. I can easily mail them once I find them. I have a question, though: would it be okay to substitute dry yeast in this recipe? I cannot find fresh yeast anywhere in my city. Thanks! David (C&L)

foodtravelandwine 30/11/23 01:58

I have to make it!....I love German rye bread!! looks delicious!!........Abrazotes, Marcela


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