Light Rye Bread

Recipe by Pumpkie
READY IN: 3hrs 40mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • I like to measure out all my ingredients prior to starting Bring 1 cup water to a boil, mix it with the milk, shortening, sugar, and salt in a large bowl, and let it cool to lukewarm.
  • Measure 1/2 cup warm water in a seperate bowl, stir in yeast, and let it stand for 5 minutes to dissolve, you should have bubbles forming in yeast.
  • Add the dissolved yeast and the rye flour to the first mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • Add enough of the white flour so that you can handle the dough.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured board or a kneading slip mat.
  • Knead for a minute or two, rubbing additional flour onto your hands not the dcugh so it will not end up being a dough bread.
  • Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Resume kneading for 10 minutes, adding the remaining or additonal flour as necessary.
  • Put the dough in a greased bowl, I lightly oil mine, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm draft free place until almost double in bulk, 1 1/2- 2 hours.
  • I let all my doughs rise on my running dryer.
  • Punch dough down, cut dough in half, and shape into two loaves.
  • You can do a freeform loaf or I patted dough into a square the length of the loaf pan and rolled it tightly and pinched the ends.
  • Place in greased loaf pans, you can use vegetable spray, cover with plastic wrap or if you have plastic bags with ties they work wonderfully.
  • Let is rise until doubled in bulk, it should be a shorter rise time.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and brush your loaves with beaten egg, it will give the bread a shine.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • Mine baked for 40 minutes.
  • To tell bread is done, you can remove the bread from one pan tap on bottom of bread, when bread is done it will sound hollow or use a thermometer inserted into bottom of bread, bread is done at an internal temperature of 190-200 degrees.
  • Remove bread from pans and rub with butter.
  • Then place loaves on their sides on a cooling rack and let cool.