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Light Caraway Rye Bread For the Bread Machine

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Rye Bread for the Bread Maker literally takes 5 minutes to put together and is so much tastier than store bought!

There are several types of rye bread. Each bread is suitable for a different purpose.

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This light rye bread is great for sandwiches, toasting and just eating warm out of the oven!

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Light Caraway Rye

Look at the gorgeous texture this bread has! It is so firm, yet airy! The crust is nice and crunchy too.

I hate the bread you by at the grocery stores now. It does not even resemble bread. There is no flavor or texture. Just empty calories, in my personal opinion.

This homemade rye bread is great for traditional sandwiches like the Reuben Sandwich or a simple ham and cheese with spicy brown mustard. It’s also fantastic toasted with a slathering of butter on top.

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The Origins of Rye Bread

It may be due to my German heritage that I am crazy for rye bread.

According to the NY times, the quote on the wall outside of the Berlin baker’s guild’s directors office is, “Holy and eternal is bread. It keeps you from hunger and misery. The Creator himself gave it to us. He who dishonors bread dishonors life itself.”

Rye bread, in particular, is beloved in Germany. Light rye, dark rye or pumpernickel, they all have a different flavor and purpose.

What you need for light rye

  • water
  • vegetable oil or olive oil
  • egg
  • salt
  • white sugar or light brown sugar
  • rye flour
  • white bread flour
  • vital wheat gluten
  • caraway seeds
  • yeast

What you need for dark rye (pumpernickel)

  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • blackstrap molasses
  • salt
  • rye flour
  • bread flour or substitute all purpose flour
  • whole wheat flour
  • vital wheat gluten
  • dry milk powder
  • caraway seeds
  • cocoa powder
  • yeast
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Making bread without a bread machine isn’t difficult, but using a bread machine frees up your time to do other things.

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Making Rye Bread in a Bread Machine

For dough only

  1. Add water to machine insert.
  2. Then add oil and eggs.
  3. Next salt.
  4. and sugar.
  5. Then bread flour,
  6. rye flour,
  7. vital wheat gluten.
  8. Finally add yeast. Make an indentation in the flour and add the yeast in the hole. Then set machine on the dough cycle.
  9. Let it go until the bread is done kneading and rising.
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Baking bread in oven

  • Carefully remove the bread pan from the machine so that you don’t get burned.
  • When the dough is finished, remove it to a bowl, coated with oil and roll dough around. Punch dough down. Cut the dough in half and shape into loaves, if doing 2 pounds of dough.
  • With the seam side down, place each half in an oiled 5″x 9″ loaf pan. Cover with a dry clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until loaves have risen to the top of the bread pans.
  • Let dough rise until doubled. Preheat oven.
  • Place bread pans in oven. Bake.
  • Once bread is done, (See tips below.) Cool on wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Remove from bread pans and continue to cool on rack until cool.
  • Once bread has risen place in the center of a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature is approximately 190°F.

Pro tip: Turn your oven on low heat and place the bread near the vent for the oven. Then cover it and let it rise. Do not place the pan directly under the vent, just near it. Turn the pans around occasionally to get even rising. The bread will rise faster.

I always just run the dough cycle for bread because I don’t like a square bread with a hole in one end from the paddle. You can cook the bread in your machine, if you would prefer.

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Running the bread through a bread cycle

  • To bake the bread in your machine, add all of the ingredients in the order given. When adding the yeast, make a small dent in the flour and pour the yeast in the depression.
  • Start your machine on the rye bread setting, if your machine has one. If it does not refer to your machine’s owners manual.
  • Let the bread machine finish the baking cycle.
  • Carefully remove the bread pan from the machine so that you don’t get burned.
  • After about 10 minutes, remove bread and the paddle. Cool on wire rack.

Tips for testing bread doneness

  • Sight. Is your bread golden brown?
  • Rap test. Rap the bread in the center with your knuckle. If the bread sounds hollow, it’s done.
  • Temperature. All breads should be cooked to 190°F / 90°C
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If you have a newer bread machine, and you like the shape of the bread, by all means, go ahead and cook it in your bread machine, as well!

To make it by hand or with a stand mixer.

Alternately, you can do this rye bread by hand, or in your mixer, as well.

The mixer with a dough hook will do all of the work that the bread machine will do, except rise and bake the bread.

  • Follow the steps above for the bread machine, instead placing ingredients in the mixer bowl.
  • With dough hook attached, knead dough about 5 minutes until smooth and soft dough forms.
  • Divide dough and shape into loaves.
  • With the seam side down, place each half in an oiled 5″x 9″ loaf pan. cover with a dry kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until loaves have risen to the top of the bread pans.
  • Once bread has risen place in the center of a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature is approximately 190°F.

To make the bread by hand, use the above steps to make it in the mixer except the dough should be kneaded for 15-20 minutes until dough is smooth and silky.

How to store bread

Since fresh homemade bread has no preservatives, it will not last as long as store bought breads.

Always store fresh bread in a close paper bag on the counter at room temperature. Never refrigerate bread. Never store in a plastic bag. That will ruin the crust texture. Bread will store on the counter for 2-3 days.

If bread gets a bit hard, you can lightly sprinkle the crust with water. Wrap in aluminum foil. Heat it in the oven at 250°F / 120 °C for about 5 minutes. It will get nice and soft again.

If bread gets too hard, don’t throw it away. Make homemade croutons.

For longer storage, wrap bread in freezer paper and then place it in a large freezer plastic bag. Can be frozen 2-3 months.

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Check out the wonderful home made Reuben Sandwiches that we made with this tasty rye!

Also this YouTube Video will take you through the step by step assembly of these great sandwiches!

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Rye Bread For the Bread Machine

Rye Bread for the Bread Maker literally takes 5 minutes to put together and is so much tastier than store bought!
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2

Ingredients

ingredients Light Caraway Rye Bread

Ingredients Dark Caraway Rye

Instructions

For light or dark rye

  • Place all ingredients in Bread Machine in the order given. Water should be between 105°F / 40°C and 110°F / 43°C so I usually make sure the water is at least 115°F / 46°C because it will cool down when you are putting the rest of the ingredients together.
  • I never cook the bread in the bread maker because I hate the shape of loaf and the paddle hole ruins the appearance so I place the bread maker on the ‘dough only’ setting.
  • When the dough is finished, remove it to a bowl, coated with oil and roll dough around. Cut the dough in half and shape into loaves.
  • With the seam side down, place each half in an oiled 5″x 9″ loaf pan. cover with a dry kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until loaves have risen to the top of the bread pans.
  • Once bread has risen place in the center of a preheated 350°F / 175°C oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature is approximately 190°F / 85°C.
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Notes

You can substitute brown sugar for white sugar.
You can substitute melted butter or olive oil for the vegetable oil.
 
Tips for yeast breads:
You can “bloom” yeast in water or milk and sugar to see if it is still active. Liquid should be very warm.
Always check package of yeast for recommended temperature of liquid, different types and brands bloom best at different temps.
Don’t rush the rising process. Dough should be doubled in the pan.
Rise dough in a warm spot, covered with a clean kitchen towel. I usually turn the oven on low and place the rising dough near the exhaust of the oven. Not directly under the exhaust, but on top of the stove.
General Baking Tips:
Always measure dry ingredients with a dry measuring cup. Measure with dry measuring cups or weigh dry ingredients.
Always measure liquid ingredients with liquid measuring cup
Never break eggs directly into recipe ingredients. Break eggs into a separate bowl, in case you get any shells, so that you can pull them out.
Make sure that you know what temperature your oven is set at. Buy an oven thermometer and check oven temperature regularly.
Always check baked goods, like cakes or quick breads with cake tester, placed in center. If the tester comes out clean, it’s done.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Originally Published 04/2016 Updated with new content 1/22/2022

65 Comments

  1. Hi the light caraway rye bread for bread machine something wasn’t right ingredients must have been double because when I put it in the bread machine it was way to dry I think your you doubled flour and not liquid I had to add a lot more water

    1. Hi Pete. The quality and brand of your flour can have a lot to do with that. Some flours are denser, or courser ground than others. Also, dry measuring technique can be a big factor. I’ve made this bread dozens of times and it works fine. How was the texture of the finished bread?

  2. 5 stars
    Nothing better than homemade bread, specially rye bread! I love the crust and the crumb in this rye bread, I’ll just have to knead it myself as I don’t have a bread machine, gave mine to my mother..

    1. You are such a good daughter! Kneading bread is hard for older folks. I don’t mind kneading either. It’s rather relaxing. But I have to say, I make more homemade bread with the bread machine. Which is great, because I don’t have to buy the junk from the store!

  3. 5 stars
    This bread looks so light and I love the combination with the caraway seeds. Going to have to get the old breadmaker out and have a go!

    1. IMHO, caraway is imperative to making rye bread! It’s just not the same without it! Thank you Amanda!

  4. 5 stars
    I have always made bread by hand, but I think you have just converted me over to bread machine user. We love Reubens over here and what better way to enhance them with fresh baked bread. Yum!

    1. They are just so convenient! I don’t mind making bread by hand but with the bread maker and can go clean the house! (Which is needed!! 🙂 ) Thank you Sondria!

    1. Thank you Ali! There is not enough gluten in rye flour to use it by itself. You even have to add wheat gluten when using just 1/3 rye flour.

  5. 5 stars
    I rarely make bread but I love rye bread and it’s hard to find it here in Verona. You’ve inspired me to give it a try. I don’t have a bread machine but I have a dough mixer which I use to make pasta dough but it can also be used for bread dough!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh wow I bet that tastes glorious, I love the flavour of caraway, it is used all the time here in Hungary.

    1. Yes, the Hungarians love their caraway! The Germans love caraway, as well! I’m half German so that must explain it! Thanks Brian!

  7. 5 stars
    This is just the inspiration I need to go an buy a bread maker. There is nothing like the smell of freshly baking bread!

    1. That is as true a statement as ever there was! Thanks so much for your comment, Anna! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. 5 stars
    Sounds so easy to make and look so simple and delicious bread. I think I need to invest now in a bread maker.

    1. I am crazy about my bread maker! It is such a time saver! Thanks for your comment, Melve! Have a great weekend!

  9. 5 stars
    This bread looks absolutely delicious! I love adding some rye to my bread. I usually prefer white rye, but this is great!

    1. This rye flour is very light in color. Is the white rye bleached. I’l have to research that! Thanks, Camila!

  10. 5 stars
    We love our bread machine. There is nothing like setting it the night before and waking the aroma of fresh bread!

  11. 5 stars
    What a beautiful loaf of bread! Nothing beats homemade bread. I usually do a Dutch oven bread, but I really need to expand my horizons!

    1. A package of gluten from Amazon costs almost $14.00 for one pound. Your recipe calls for 1/4 cup. Is there a substitute? TIA

      1. That was the smallest one I could find on Amazon. Many larger grocery stores carry vital gluten. It is near the flour. Usually on the very top, or very bottom shelf. Certainly specialty baking stores will carry it too. There is no other substitute for it, that I am aware of. Thanks for your question!

  12. 5 stars
    I’m such a fan of rye bread from my old baking days in college. This looks delicious and I love it that you use the bread machine for it! Pinning this recipe… Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Traci! I do love making bread in the bread machine! It frees up so much time to do other things!

  13. 5 stars
    Why don’t I have a bread maker? I know the stuff I get at the store is packed with ingredients I can’t pronounce. This looks so easy it’s hard to believe it can be made so fast. I’ll bet your house smelled delicious!

    1. I love the smell of bread baking! It’s the best smell in the world! I love my bread maker, Karen! Go out and grab one! Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    This looks PERFECT for a reuben! I’m the weirdo who always loved the flavor of rye, but not full-force rye bread. So I’m loving the idea of a recipe that is 2:1 wheat to rye ratio.

    1. Yes, Samantha, every recipe I’ve seen has a mixture of wheat and rye flours! Straight rye flour would be terribly heavy! Thank you!

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