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Country Raisin Rye Bread

"The recipe for this delicious bread came from my aunt," notes Carolyn Rose Sykora of Bloomer, Wisconsin. "I made just a few changes to it—and it's been a favorite ever since." The dark rustic loaves are moist and tender with a delicate rye and sweet molasses flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4 loaves (8 slices each)


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • 2 cups rye flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins


  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup rye flour, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat water, 1/2 cup oil, molasses and honey to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Stir in remaining whole wheat and rye flours and enough all-purpose flour to form a medium stiff dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; sprinkle with raisins. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Grease a bowl with the remaining oil. Place dough in a bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into four pieces; shape each into a round loaf. Place 4 in. apart on two baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 159 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 151mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat.
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