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Dutch Oven Caraway Rye Bread

Rated as 4.53 out of 5 Stars

"No-fail and easy to make, no kneading, no double-rise. Caraway rye bread the way you like it! Perfect every time."
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19 h 5 m servings 145
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 loaf)


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  1. Mix rye flour, bread flour, buttermilk, caraway seeds, vital wheat gluten, and kosher salt together in a very large bowl.
  2. Combine water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes. Stir yeast mixture into flour mixture until well mixed and caraway seeds are evenly distributed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 18 hours.
  3. Transfer dough to a heavily floured work surface. It will be somewhat elongated, so take the right and left sides and fold them into the middle. Turn dough over and gently use a spatula to tuck corners under; cover with plastic wrap for 15 minutes. Remove plastic wrap, dust dough with flour, and make shallow cuts in the top for full bloom.
  4. Place a Dutch oven in the oven and preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  5. Carefully place dough in the Dutch oven, cover immediately, reduce oven temperature to 460 degrees F (238 degrees C), and bake until bread is cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Carefully transfer bread from the Dutch oven to the oven rack and bake for 5 minutes more.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can modify this, as you like. I also use the same recipe for white bread. I like to make a white bread and sub in 1/4 cup hand crushed whole oats and a few tablespoons of bran flake. Makes for nice color and texture.
  • Rye breads use sourdough, which is a pain to deal with and I wanted this to be very easy. I substitute 1/4 cup of water with buttermilk to help the flavor develop while the dough works and ferments.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.
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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 145 calories; 0.8 29.6 5 < 1 328 Full nutrition

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This recipe does take a fair amount of time so plan wisely. We really liked this loaf. Very flavourful with a nice crust. Instead of leaving the dough on the counter for 15 minutes I lined a bo...

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After going through the process of making it I said "If it's the best bread I've ever put in my mouth, I'll never make it again". It was so sticky I could get it out of the pan. The flavor was ...

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This recipe does take a fair amount of time so plan wisely. We really liked this loaf. Very flavourful with a nice crust. Instead of leaving the dough on the counter for 15 minutes I lined a bo...

Finally a rye bread recipe that works for me! I was about to give up on ever finding one that wasn't heavy and gummy. This recipe is so easy and delicious. I did make one change, just because I'...

My first really successful attempt at homemade bread. I loved it.

The only change I made was to add 1 tablespoon of oil. Even though you have to time the process, it is quite an easy recipe .I loved how it looked so artisan and earthy. Not to mention delicio...

After putting this bread on the baking sheet (after the dutch oven part), I baked it a lot longer00 maybe 20-25 minutes more. Also, I spritzed it with water.

This recipe changed the way I bake bread -- finally SUCCESS at a European-style boule! Thank you. Deep rich brown color, thick chewy crust and soft interior. Fantastic flavor. I don't keep bu...

Have no ideal how heavy this bread should be. It seems to have turned out ok. Really heavy. Pretty easy to make, even with the hours just sitting, waiting. If you'd like a rye bread, this is pre...

Love this recipe. I would give it a 5 but, like most artisan breads, it changes in texture quickly in the following days. It is great on day 1; very flavorful with a nice texture. A little less...

So pleased with this recipe! Finally got a large enough Dutch oven to bake loaves in and this was perfect, wet and sticky as many people commented but it SHOULD be to get that steamed crust. I...