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Rye and Caraway Sandwich Loaf

Makes 1 loaf

White rye flour creates a fine, tasty, off-white coloured crumb in this classic marriage of rye and caraway seeds. I use fennel seeds if there is no caraway in the cupboard and also enjoy this loaf without any seeds. Cheddar and home-made pickle sandwiches are a family favourite when made with this good slicing loaf.

Free from Egg, Soya, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian, Vegan


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  1. Oil a 1kg/2lb bread tin.
  2. Put the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and caraway seeds into a large bowl and blend them together.
  3. Stir in the water, and when everything looks craggy and lumpy, stir in the oil.
  4. Using your hands, gather everything together into a doughy mass.
  5. Knead the dough in the bowl for 50 presses. It will look and feel a little like putty. Avoid adding flour.
  6. Cover the dough bowl with oiled cling film and leave it in a warm place for the dough to double in size, which will take about two hours.
  7. Knead the dough for another 20 presses then shape it and put it into an oiled 1kg/2lb bread tin.
  8. Loosely cover the tin with the oiled cling film and leave it to rise in a warm place for 35 minutes.
  9. Pre-heat the oven.
  10. Remove the cling film and bake for 40–45 minutes. You will know it’s done when the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  11. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


1kg/2lb bread tin


220°C, Fan 200°C, 425°F, Gas 7

Cooking time

40-45 minutes
Awful is too polite a word to use for this brick. I'm thinking of passing the recipe on to the local builder! I've made lots of rye bread before with no problem. My ingredients, room temperature and oven temperature were all fine. Probably the only way to get a good result would be to include a proportion of white bread flour - a third or a half of the total - and possibly bake at a lower temperature. Might try it again but probably not.
By B Devlin
08 May 2019
Second batch made this time using 75% organic white rye flour and 25% organic dark rye, just as lovely as first loaf!
By Julie
17 Mar 2019
Oh my goodness! Best bread I've eaten or baked in a while! I had been trying my hardest to bake 100% dark rye flour bread that needed overnight proving but every loaf came out different, some like a brick I might say. Saw this recipe and thought I'd give it a whirl I didn't even know I could get white rye flour. It was easy to make, lovely sticky dough that proved wonderfully. Followed recipe exactly and it turned out perfect! I might try it with chia seeds for some added fibre but it's so nice I might not!
By Julie
13 Mar 2019
My flour arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to try this recipe.The loaf was easy to make and has turned out well.We tried it while it was still warm--so the inside was a tiny bit "doughy" but I'm sure it will cut easily when cool.Very nice flavour with the hint of carraway and went well with smoky houmous. Definitely a four star.Many thanks!
By Bev muir
31 Jan 2018

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