A Tradition in Family Baking

Old Milwaukee Rye Bread #2

Old Milwaukee Rye Bread #2
This recipe makes 2 round loaves
  • 2+1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Water (110-115F)
  • Sour - see directions
  • ¼ cup Molasses
  • 1 TBSP Caraway
  • 1 TBSP Salt
  • 1 cup Rye flour
  • 4 to 5 cups Bread Flour
  • 3 TBSP Soft shortening
  1. Prepare a Sour 2 or 3 days before use: Dissolve 1 package (2+1/4 tsp) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast in 1+1/2 cups warm water (110°-115°F) in 3 qt. bowl. Blend in 2 cups rye flour and 1 TBSP caraway. Cover bowl. Do not refrigerate.

Traditional Method

  1. Add yeast to the water in a large bowl. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes; stir. Blend in the Sour, molasses, caraway, salt, rye flour, 2 cups white flour, and the shortening. Beat until smooth, about 100 strokes. Add more flour a little at a time. Dough should clean sides of bowl, but will be sticky due to the rye flour. Turn onto lightly floured board. Knead until smooth. Place smooth-side-down in greased bowl. Turn over. Cover. Let rise until dough tests ripe.

  2. Punch down dough. Let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 2 parts. Round each into a smooth ball. Place on opposite corners of a cornmeal-sprinkled baking sheet. Cover with a tent of foil. Let rise 15 minutes. Make 2 or 3 slashes, ¼-inch deep on tops of loaves. Brush with warm water. Let rise until indentation remains after lightly touching. Bake loaves 45 to 55 minutes in preheated 375°F oven. Cover with a piece of brown wrapping paper after 30 minutes so tops do not get too dark. Cool on rack. Brush with water for chewy crust.

  3. You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe.

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