Danish Rye Bread


This popular bread (Smørbrøds Brød) is used in Denmark for open-face sandwiches; it should be sliced about an inch thick. It can be made without the wheat flour; the wheat flour helps the loaf rise more quickly.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
16 hrs
Total Time:
17 hrs 15 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 tablespoon yeast

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • 1 teaspoon yeast

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ cup warm water

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 2 cups rye flour

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (Optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 cup rye flour. Cover batter with a damp cloth, and place in a warm, draft-free spot.

  2. In the evening, mix in 1 teaspoon yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 cup rye flour. Cover again, and set aside overnight.

  3. In the morning, mix in 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and 1 cup warm water. Gradually mix in 2 cups rye flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour (if using). When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Form into a loaf, and place on a baking sheet. Allow to rise for about 40 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
1g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 483mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 154mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.