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Bread Machine Rye Bread

Whip up a batch of rich and aromatic rye bread with in hardly any time with your bread maker! This easy to make rye bread is perfect for a grilled cheese, or toasted with an over easy egg on top.

Are you like me? Have one thing that you always order at a restaurant that you could make at home, but just don't?

For me it's rye bread. I love the depth of flavor and density of a good slice of rye, but for some reason I'd never attempted it. Until recently.

Our restaurants have been closed on and off for months due to the thing that shall not be named, so I had to take matters into my own hands.

This bread machine rye bread recipe is dedicated to taking matters into your own hands.

A loaf of bread machine rye bread with a slice cut off.

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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> Use the scoop and level method for your flour: stir the flour well in the bag, then scoop the flour into your measuring cup and level the cup by scraping a knife across the top. This will result in more consistent scooping!

No. 2 --> Measure the cooking oil, then the molasses. The light coating of oil will help to release the molasses from the spoon easily!

No. 3 --> Having trouble with your bread machine? Check my bread machine troubleshooting guide!

No. 4 --> You can use all purpose flour, IF, the protein content is high enough. Look for flour with a protein content of at least 13%. Check out my whole wheat bread machine recipe to learn how to calculate protein content.

Overhead view of a loaf of rye bread.

Key Ingredients

Flour: This recipe has 3 different kinds of flour. I know, but hear me out. The rye flour is there for obvious reasons! Rye has a nutty, earthy flavor, but low gluten content. Bread flour and whole wheat flours, with their high gluten content, helps to turn this rye loaf into a beautiful airy bread.

Sweetener: We're using both brown sugar and unsulfured molasses in this recipe. Both of these ingredients have a deeper, more caramelized flavor than regular sugar. They also both serve to color the bread!

Caraway seeds: Caraway seeds give rye bread that licorice (anise) and pepper flavor that rye bread is so well known for. They are aromatic and absolutely delish!

Ingredients for bread machine rye bread.

How to make bread machine rye bread:

  1. Combine warm water, salt, brown sugar, and molasses in the baking pan of your bread machine. To test your water, use my extremely scientific method: dab some on the inside of your wrist like you would with a baby bottle. If it feels too warm, use cooler water.
  2. Sprinkle the flours on top of the water, and the seeds on top of the flour, then sprinkle the yeast over top of the flour. At this point, I like to shake my flour out and cover the entire surface of this water, this helps to keep the yeast out of the water and away from proofing before my bread machine is done its warm-up cycle.
  3. Place the baking pan into the bread machine and select your whole wheat, dark crust cycle, 2 lb loaf. If your machine does not have all these settings, simply pick the closest one - which is likely to be whole wheat.
  4. Allow the bread machine to bake. This is the hard part! Walk away! You'll be tempted to check on your bread and then start panicking cause the texture looks weird and the dough looks too wet. Take it from me, a fritterer, just walk away!
  5. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine and brush the top of your loaf with softened butter or margarine. This step is optional, but it makes for a softer more visually appealing crust. I prefer to brush my loaves.
  6. Overturn the cooked loaf onto a wire mesh cooling rack. It's important to get to your machine as soon as possible once it beeps complete to avoid it kicking into keep warm mode, this will dry out your bread and make it less than pleasant.
  7. Allow the bread to cool completely (if possible, I know it's hard!) before cutting.

Bake in the oven?

You can certainly bake this light rye bread in the oven! Follow these steps:

  1. Follow steps 1-2 as you would if baking in the bread machine.
  2. Place the baking pan into the bread machine and choose the "Dough" cycle.
  3. Once the dough cycle is complete, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and shape it into a boule or loaves, then transfer it to a greased baking dish.
  4. Cover baking dishes with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for 45- 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  5. At the end of the rising, preheat the oven to 350f.
  6. Bake your loaves at 350f for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  7. If desired, brush the top of your loaf with softened butter or margarine.

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Batch + storage information

Batch:

This recipe makes 1 2lb loaf.

Storage:

Once the rye bread is completely cooled, store it in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature for 2-3 days.

To freeze your rye loaf, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then a layer or tin foil. Keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply remove it from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours.

Sliced bread machine rye bread.

Substitutions + variations

  • Vegetable oil in this recipe can be substituted for butter, olive oil, margarine, or even bacon grease!
  • Brown sugar can be substituted for granulated sugar, maple syrup or honey. Though I prefer brown sugar in this recipe.
  • Caraway seeds can be omitted completely if you're not a fan of the licorice-y flavor.
  • Whole wheat flour can be omitted in part or in whole for bread flour, but this may change the outcome of the final loaf.
Sliced rye bread.

Bread maker: I have and love a BREVILLE CUSTOM LOAF. It takes everything I throw at it, and I throw a LOT at it! It's got a decent footprint and can handle larger batches of bread. I also love that the loaf pan is the perfect size to fit in my kids' SISTEMA SANDWICH CONTAINERS.

Wire mesh rack: Seems silly, but I love my WIRE MESH RACKS for everything. They're great for cooling foods, cooking BACON JERKY, and improving the texture of baked foods.

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A loaf of rye bread.
Yield: 1 loaf

Rye Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Whip up some rich and aromatic rye bread with only a few minutes of hands-on time in your bread maker!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup dark rye flour
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • margarine or butter, for brushing crust

Instructions

Bake in a bread machine:

  1. Combine water, salt, brown sugar, and molasses in the baking pan of your bread machine.
  2. Sprinkle the flours on top of the water, and the seeds on top of the flour, then sprinkle the yeast over top of the flour.
  3. Place the baking pan into the bread machine and select your whole wheat, dark crust cycle.
  4. Allow the bread machine to bake.
  5. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine and brush lightly with melted butter or margarine.
  6. Overturn the cooked loaf onto a wire mesh rack to cool before cutting.

Bake in the oven:

  1. Follow steps 1-2 as you would if baking in the bread machine.
  2. Place the baking pan into the bread machine and choose "Dough" cycle.
  3. Once the dough cycle is complete, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and shape it into a boule or loaves, then transfer it to a greased baking dish.
  4. Cover baking dishes with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for 45- 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  5. During the end of the rising, preheat the oven to 350f.
  6. Bake your loaves at 350f for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  7. If desired, brush the top of your loaf with melted butter or margarine.

Notes

Batch:

This recipe makes 1 2lb loaf.

Storage:

Once the rye bread is completely cooled, store it in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature for 2-3 days.

To freeze your rye loaf, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then a layer or tin foil. Keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply remove it from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours.

substitutions + variations

  • Vegetable oil in this recipe can be substituted for butter, olive oil, margarine, or even BACON GREASE!
  • Brown sugar can be substituted for granulated sugar, maple syrup, or honey. Though I prefer brown sugar in this recipe.
  • Caraway seeds can be omitted completely if you're not a fan of the licorice-y flavor.
  • Whole wheat flour can be omitted in part or in whole for bread flour, but this may change the outcome of the final loaf.

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