A simpler Danish rye bread

A simpler Danish rye bread

By
From
The New Nordic
Makes
1 x 800g loaf
Photographer
Simon Bajada

This is an easy recipe that doesn’t require a starter, unlike the authentic version. You need to leave the rye and seeds to soak for 24 hours so begin making it the day before you need it.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g cracked rye
75g sunflower seeds
75g linseeds
480ml cold water
250g wholemeal rye flour
1/2 teaspoon dried instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup or honey
1 tablespoon malt
sunflower oil, for greasing

Method

  1. Day 1 Combine the cracked rye, sunflower seeds and linseeds together in a bowl with 300 ml of the water. Cover with a clean tea towel, lid or plastic wrap, but don’t make it airtight, and leave to soak at room temperature for 18–24 hours.
  2. In a second bowl, mix the wholemeal rye flour with the yeast and the remaining 180 ml of cold water. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside at room temperature for 18–24 hours.
  3. Day 2 Combine the two mixtures together, adding the salt, golden syrup or honey, and malt. Knead together thoroughly for at least 5 minutes; all the ingredients need to be well combined and evenly distributed. The dough will be wet, like cement, and it should fall off your hands if held up.
  4. Grease a 25 cm x 10 cm loaf tin with sunflower oil. Transfer the dough to the tin and smooth over the surface. Leave in a warm place for 2–3 hours, until the dough has risen to the rim of the tin.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C and cook the loaf for about 1 hour 20 minutes. It won’t have risen dramatically but there should be a visible crack along the top of the loaf.
  6. Remove from the oven and turn the loaf out on to a wire rack. If the base and sides are still a bit moist, cook the bread upside down without its tin in the oven for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the wire rack. This can take 2–3 hours, depending on the environment. The loaf will stay fresh for 3 or 4 days if it is stored in a paper bag at room temperature.
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Nordic
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