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Sourdough rye bread on a kitchen towel.

Quick Sourdough Rye Bread

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: rye bread, sourdogh rye, sourdough rye bread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Victor
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  • 1 1/4 cup water at 95F; 300 ml
  • 2 tsp instant yeast 9 g
  • 2 Tbsp liquid malt extract 50 g; or use honey or molasses
  • 1 3/4 cups rye flour using 'scoop and sweep' method; 350 g
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour slighly heaping; 150 g
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt level; 15 g
  • 1 cup sourdough starter 175 g


  • In a large bowl, dissolve liquid malt extract in warm water. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. The dough will be very sticky (but not wet) and that's to be expected. If too wet, add more flour. Scrape the dough off your hands. Wash your hands, this will make it much easier to knead the sticky dough. Knead for about 7 minutes inside the bowl. You can also use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. In a stand mixer, knead for 3 minutes on low and 4 minutes on medium speed.
    Mixing rye bread dough in a bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rest in a warm place for about 30-40 minutes. During this time, give the dough 3 stretch and folds, where each time you would pull each corner of the dough and fold onto itself. If it's easier, just knead the dough briefly, about 5-10 seconds each time. This will help it develop gluten and build strength.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, shape the dough into a ball and flatten slightly. Place on a piece of parchment paper. Using a serrated knife, make scores as shown in the picture.
    Scoring sourdough rye bread.
  • Cover the dough and let rest for 45-60 minutes. It should rise by at least 30%.
    Proofing sourdough rye bread.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 475F with a heavy-duty baking sheet and a bread pan filled about 1/2" with hot water.
  • Once the oven is preheated, slide the dough with the parchment paper onto the hot baking sheet. Spray a little bit of water on the walls of the oven and close it quickly. Bake at 475F for 10 minutes. Remove the water pan, drop the temperature to 425F, and continue baking for another 35 minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for at least 1 hour at room temperature before slicing.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg