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Light Rye Sandwich Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling


2 loaves

I'll sometimes shape half of the dough into a round loaf, hollow it out after baking and fill it with dip for parties.


  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups rye flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed or aniseed, crushed
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons molasses
  • Cornmeal
  • Melted butter


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, rye flour, brown sugar, yeast, orange zest, salt and fennel seed. In a saucepan, heat the water, shortening and molasses to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Grease two 8x4-in. loaf pans and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves in prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. With a sharp knife, make three shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Cool.
Editor's Note: Bread may also be shaped into two round loaves. Place loaves on two baking sheets that have been greased and sprinkle with cornmeal.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 109 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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