July 31, 2023 · Written by Foodtolive Team

Homemade Easy Rye Bread

This simple Rye Bread recipe combines the earthiness of dark rye flour with the subtle sweetness of molasses, a touch of rich cocoa powder, and the fragrant notes of coriander and caraway seeds. Get ready to enjoy a crusty, aromatic loaf with minimal effort.

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 50 min | Resting Time: 12 hour | Total Time: 13 hours | Servings: 1 loaf (12 slices)

Nutrition Facts (for 1 slice):
Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 1.5g | Sugars: 2g | Fiber: 5g | Protein: 6g



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dark rye flour, bread flour, salt, instant yeast, cocoa powder, coriander seeds, and caraway seeds. Mix well to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the warm water with oil and molasses until dissolved.
  3. Pour the molasses mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a spoon or spatula until a sticky dough forms and all the flour is incorporated. Make sure there are no dry patches.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let it sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours. During this time, the dough will rise and develop flavor.
  5. After the resting period, preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Place a large, oven-safe pot with a lid (such as a Dutch oven) into the oven while it preheats. This will help create a crusty loaf.
  6. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Use the heels of your hands to push the dough away from you, then fold it back toward you, rotating it a quarter turn each time.


  1. Shape the dough into a round ball. You can do this on a piece of parchment paper. Use heat-resistant parchment paper.
  2. Make a few shallow cuts on the top using a sharp knife.
  3. Carefully remove the hot pot from the oven. Be careful as it will be very hot. Remove the lid.
  4. Use the parchment to lift the dough and place it in the pot. Be cautious and use oven mitts to handle the hot pot. 
  5. Cover the pot with the lid and return it to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on.
  6. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes, or until the bread is deeply browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  7. Once baked, carefully remove the bread from the pot and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing.


All types of rye flour will work for this recipe.

This recipe inspired by Angry Broccoli Recipes

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