Yield: 2 loaves (24 slices)
Prep: 40 mins
Rise: 1 hr 30 mins
Bake: 375°F 30 mins
4 - 4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (120°F to 130°F)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups rye flour
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 teaspoons milk
2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining bread flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).
3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
4. Shape dough by gently pulling each portion into a ball, tucking edges under. Place on prepared baking sheet. Flatten each dough round slightly to about 6 inches in diameter. (Or, shape each dough half into a loaf shape by patting or rolling. Place in two greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pans.) If desired, lightly score top of bread with a sharp knife. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double (30 to 45 minutes).
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush tops of loaves with milk. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until top and sides are deep golden brown and bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Immediately remove from baking sheet (or pans). Cool on wire racks. 6. Makes 2 loaves (24 slices).
Variation Peasant Rye Bread: Prepare as above, except reduce rye flour to 1 cup. Stir in 1/4 cup whole bran cereal and 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal with rye flour.
Servings Per Recipe 24, Calories 126, Protein (gm) 4, Carbohydrate (gm) 24, Fat, total (gm) 2, Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 2, Sugar, total (gm) 3, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 44, Sodium (mg) 148, Potassium (mg) 63, Calcium (DV %) 10, Iron (DV %) 1, Starch () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet