Swedish Rye Bread

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 150 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x



  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 cup sorghum syrup
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 2 to 3 cups unbleached all purpose or wheat


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast, and sweetener- give a quick stir and let sit until yeast becomes active, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in oil, sorghum, salt, and rye flour. Start bread with the dough hook.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of all purpose flour and continue to slowly add flour (1-2 tablespoons at a time) until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Let run for 8-10 minutes. This will give you time to adjust flour and let the dough knead. Remember- you can always add flour but you can’t always take it away. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Cover with a damp towel and set aside to rise for 1to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Once the first rise is over, knead a couple of times into the form of a log. Place in an oiled bread pan, cover again and set aside for about 1 hour. With 30 minutes left, pre-heat your oven to 350˚ F.
  5. Once the loaf has risen the second time, place in oven. (if you have a bottle of water, mist the bottom of your oven a couple of times to get some steam going.) Shut the oven door and let bake for 20 minutes. Cover with a brown paper bag and continue to bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread should have a golden crust and sound hollow when you tap on the bottom. Remove bread from pan and let cool before slicing.


* for the brown paper bag, I cut a slit in one width side of the bags and then slip it over the top and sides of the loaf. If you use other ways to prevent from too much browning, you are also able to use them!