Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This bread, which is lightly flavored with aniseed and orange, makes great toast. Rising time is not included in the prep time or cook time. There's about 2 hours 40 minutes of total rising time. This is a good holiday bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place 1/4 cup warm water in small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to dissolve. Let stand 5 minutes. Combine remaining 2 cups warm water, 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup rye flour in bowl. Add yeast mixture. Mix to blend well. Cover bowl with kitchen towel. Let sponge rise 1 hour.
  2. Mix sugar, corn syrup, shortening, aniseed, coriander, orange peel and salt into sponge. Gradually mix in enough all purpose flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form slightly sticky dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 10 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil large bowl. Add dough, turning to coat entire surface. Cover bowl with kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  4. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Punch dough down. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Divide dough into 3 parts. Pat each piece into 5-inch-diameter round. Place on prepared sheets. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled, about 40 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F Pierce each loaf 5 times with fork. Bake until loaves are brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom, about 1 hour. Transfer to racks. Brush with butter and cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Can be made 1 month ahead. Wrap loaves tightly and freeze. Thaw before serving.).
Most Helpful

Älskat den! Swedish for loved it! Wonderful smell, taste, and texture! A nice chewy crust. Excellent with Scandinavian Salmon Salad. Thank you Elmotoo for sharing. Made for Unrulies Under the Influence during ZWT6.

WiGal June 06, 2010

I love fresh bread recipes and this was wonderful! Made as directed and it was great. Whole family loved it and it made some great toasted sandwiches!! ZWT6

Thymestudio June 05, 2010

I am sitting here thoroughly enjoying this bread. I must admit, I did not follow directions too closely, but the results still great. I did not have dark corn syrup, so used light; no anise, so I used carraway; no coriander, so I skipped it....and then to top it off, I made this in a bread machine. So, I'm sure my outcome is only close to what this is supposed to be, but it is great, great, great! Thanks for posting this awesome rye bread.

Ms*Bindy September 15, 2005