French Rye Bread Mini Loaves

In Baking, Bread on July 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

I made these to accompany a roasted pumpkin and smoked garlic soup. I had intended to serve them as a light dinner for a friend, but ended up consuming them both with my mother instead – along with much delicious cheese and beer! This is a lovely hearty rustic bread that goes down well in winter. As always, I looked to my trusty bread book by Eric Treuille and Ursula Ferrigno for the recipe:

Ingredients for the starter:

2 tsp dried yeast

150ml tepid water

125 g white flour

For the dough:

75g white flour

300g rye flour

2 tsp salt

250ml water


To make the starter:

Sprinkle the yeast into the water in a bowl. Leave for 5 minutes; stir to dissolve. Add the flour and mix to form a thick batter. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 2 hours.

To make the dough:

Mix the flours and the salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the starter as well as half the water. Mix in the flour along with the remaining water, as needed, to form a moist, sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Put dough in a clean bowl and leave to rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Knock back and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape into long loaves, about 30 cm in length. Place the loaves on a well floured baking sheet and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Lightly dust the loaves with flour. Cut seven or six parallel slashes down the side of the loaves. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove, about 1 and 1/2 hours. The loaves should have doubled in size. Bake in a preheated oven (200 degrees) for 45 minutes until hollow sounding when tapped underneath. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

  1. where did you find rye flour? and the place you buy it, does it have different varieties? i’ve been after a super dark rye flour for about 4 years now.

    • Not sure about it being super dark, but I got it from Huckleberry Farms, an organic supermarket that has recently moved to be near the Royal Oak roundabout. They have an awesome range of flours. Surely Nosh would have it too? Or the Bin Inn? Other places to try would be Harvest WholeFoods or Ceres…

      • does ceres have a physical shop? i’ve tried bin inn, not nosh or farro though. i do know of huckleberry farms, will have a look next time i’m over that way. what is harvest wholefoods?

  2. (looks BEAUTIFUL by the way!)

  3. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe! =)

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