Sourdough Onion Rye Bread

"Great deli-style rye bread for sourdough lovers."
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Ready In:
3hrs 50mins
1 loaf




  • To proof your starter, feed it with equal parts of flour and water, cover loosely and let it sit overnight or up to 12 hours (longer proof=sourer flavor).
  • At this point, measure out your 2 cups of starter into mixing bowl and proceed with recipe.
  • Saute onions in olive oil until they become translucent.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, water and salt.
  • Cool to lukewarm (85 degrees F) and stir into starter.
  • Add the rye flour and mix well.
  • Add the white flour gradually, until it is too stiff to mix by hand.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead in enough remaining flour until dough is satiny.
  • Shape into an elongate loaf.
  • Place on baking sheet and let rise, covered, in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours, or until about doubled in bulk (rising time will vary according to your starter, but it takes longer than breads made with commercial yeast).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Make diagonal slashes in top of loaf with a razor blade or very sharp knife.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.
  • This bread could also be made using the dough cycle of your bread machine.

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  1. Sackville
    I tried this soon after it was posted and it was wonderful -- both for the ease of the recipe and for its taste. Because I wanted to play a bit (and had a lot of starter to use up) I tried two versions. One as the recipe indicates and one substituting the rye for whole wheat flour. Both loaves were superb and looked great (especially the one brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with dried rosemary before baking). I'm enjoying my bread now with some soup....thanks Donna!
  2. Red_Apple_Guy
    Very good rye with a high percentage of rye flour. I added 4 teaspoons of wheat gluten to help with the rise.
  3. Bonnie G #2
    Finally got around to trying this recipe. DH is wanting Rubin Sandwiches so a perfect excuse to make rye bread and this one is a winner. I used my KA mixer with good results. At first I was worried as it didn't seem to be rising; but after a little over 3.5 hours it was fine. I used my San Francisco starter and added gluten and the end result was a tangy, flavor with the wonderful addition of the flavor of onions. I made exactly as directed except for using an egg wash before baking as I like the shiny look it gives it. While it was baking I sprayed with water every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes and the crust came out crunchy just the way we like it. Update - continue to use this recipe for no fail results, I've been adding glutin and helps with the rise and after brushing w/egg wash and sprinkle with caraway seeds.
  4. Tea Jenny
    I saw Reds' picture of this bread on the sourdough forum and liked the sound of it, I love onion anything so I gave it a go and was not disappointed very flavoursome. My loaf was quite dence but the taste was great you could taste the onion but only subtley. I think I might of benefitted with some wheat gluten but you don't get it here and I wouldn't know what to use in it's place, We served it with ham hocks and beans what a feast. Great recipe Donna.
  5. Katzen
    Extremely delicious bread (even though I didn't use the onions - I wanted it for toast in the morning!) I used my KA instead of the bread machine, and let it rise for three hours. Now I just need to figure out how to correct my technique so that the bread will be a little higher (of course, that could be some patience, too!) Thanks, Dona, for another delicious recipe!



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