Bread Machine – Rye Bread

Here is a great recipe for bread machine rye bread. This bread is used for a variety of classic sandwiches such as the Reuben Sandwich, Ham & Cheese on Rye, etc. Rye bread is a modestly dark bread made with ingredients such as rye flour, molasses and cocoa powder. It has a unique flavor (which can be described as “earthy”) and is nice change from the white bread used for many sandwiches.

According to Wikipedia, rye grain “is used for flour, bread, beer, crisp bread, some whiskeys, some vodkas, and animal fodder”. Examples of rye bread sandwiches include Reuben sandwiches, pastrami sandwiches, ham & cheese on rye sandwiches, etc. Given the earthy taste of rye bread, many people like to use sandwich condiments such as mustard in order to complement the bread’s natural flavor.

Since this rye bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 5 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Rye Flour is made from Rye Grain Seeds

Bread Machine Rye Bread

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Ingredients – Bread Machine Rye Bread Recipe – 2 lb Bread Loaf

  • 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons – Water (warm)
  • 2 Tablespoons – Butter – (softened)
  • 2 Cups – Bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Rye Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons – Dark Molasses
  • 3 Tablespoons – Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon – Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon – Caraway Seeds – Optional but traditional rye bread contains caraway seeds
  • 2 Teaspoons – Bread Machine Yeast

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe –  Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, oven mitts, cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine!

Instructions – Bread Machine Rye Bread Recipe – 2 lb  Bread Loaf

  • Bread Machine settings – You need to use the machine buttons and change the settings to 2 pound loaf, light color and Whole Wheat (not the usual basic/white bread setting). These settings will allow the bread machine to calculate the correct mixing and baking times required for this recipe.
  • Your bread machine should be unplugged. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the water into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together by the bread machine). Put bread pan with ingredients back into unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the bread machine settings (2 lb, light color & whole wheat setting) and then press the Start button on your bread machine.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container (bread loaf pan) as it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread, don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle will be very hot coming out of the bread machine. Or wait until the bread is completely cooled and then remove the mixing paddle.
  • In our bread machine, the overall mixing & baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the total time required after you have entered the settings into the machine.
  • Before using any bread machine, you should read the manufacturer’s instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

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Tips – Bread Machine Rye Bread Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help bread machine “novices” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years.
  • If you want a “lighter” rye bread, you should use light or white rye flour (versus medium, dark or whole rye flour).
  • For this recipe, you need to use the “Whole Wheat” setting on your bread machine. You do not use the usual “Basic” bread setting that is used for white bread recipes, etc. Don’t confuse the settings.
  • If you don’t have bread flour, you can use all-purpose flour as a substitute. However, the rye bread made with all-purpose flour & rye flour will be a little less airy than a rye bread made bread flour & rye flour.
  • Many bakers like to make an indent in the top of the flour in order to hold the bread machine yeast in place (looks sort of like a small flour volcano with a yeast crater). This is done to prevent the yeast from falling into the liquid ingredients (and activating prematurely), coming into contact with the salt, etc. until the bread machine is turned on.
  • According to Wikipedia, “Rye flour is high in gliadin but low in glutenin. It therefore has a lower gluten content than wheat flour. It also contains a higher proportion of soluble fiber”.
  • If want to learn how to make bread machine bread without the mixing paddle hole on the bottom, please visit Bread Dad’s White Bread Recipe Instant Yeast page. It will show you how to create dough in your bread machine and how to finish the bread in your oven. You can use this information to make rye bread without the mixing paddle hole.
  • If you have a problem with a bread machine recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct bread machine settings), you are using the correct amount of an ingredient (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measurement cup or accidentally add a teaspoon when a tablespoon is called for), you are using the correct ingredients (i.e. bread machine yeast versus regular yeast or bread flour versus all purpose flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • If you start substituting ingredients (i.e. different types of flour), you are experimenting and should not expect similar results to the recipe shown above. Experimenting can be fun. However, you should expect some successes but more potential disappointments when you start to experiment with recipes. For example, if you substitute whole wheat flour for the bread flour, you will probably experience a problem (as whole wheat flour doesn’t rise nearly as well as bread flour). Moreover, whole wheat flour has a totally different flavor.
  • Be aware that some bread recipes may differ slightly between different types of bread machines. Therefore, please read your bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions for basic bread recipes (i.e. white bread or whole wheat bread) as these are more likely to work on your individual bread machine.
  • If you haven’t used your bread machine in a long time, please buy some new bread machine yeast before making your bread. Old yeast can die or lose its potency and this will lead to bread that does not rise properly. Bread machine yeast may not be viable if it has been sitting in your pantry for years.
  • You can visit our instructional videos section if you want to watch videos that provide information on common bread machine problems & solutions.
  • Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a bread machine. The bread pan and the rest of the bread machine can get very hot during the baking process. This means that the bread pan and bread machine is likely to be very hot when you attempt to remove a baked good from the bread machine and/or bread pan.
  • Visit Bread Dad’s sections on Bread Machine Recipes and Homemade Bread Recipes for more easy bread ideas.

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Rye Bread Questions

What are the caraway seeds used in bread machine rye breads?

Caraway seeds are used as a spice in many type of breads, especially rye bread. These seeds often have a distinctive taste which is described by Wikipedia as “a pungent, anise-like flavor”.

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Bread Machine - Rye Bread

Here is a great recipe for bread machine rye bread. This bread is used for a variety of classic sandwiches such as the Reuben Sandwich, Ham & Cheese on Rye, etc. This recipe is for a 2 lb bread loaf. For other great bread machine recipes, please visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine rye bread, rye bread, rye bread machine, rye bread recipe, rye bread sandwich, rye sandwich
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup and 2 Tablespoons - Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoon - Butter - Slice up the butter for better mixability
  • 2 Cups - Bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups - Rye Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons – Dark Molasses

  • 3 Tablespoons - Brown Sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon - Cocoa Powder

  • 1 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon - Caraway Seeds

    Optional but traditional rye bread contains caraway seeds
  • 2 Teaspoons – Bread Machine Yeast

Instructions

  • Bread Machine settings – You need to use the machine buttons and change the settings to 2 pound loaf, light color and Whole Wheat (not the usual basic/white bread setting). These settings will allow the bread machine to calculate the correct mixing and baking times required for this recipe.

  • Your bread machine should be unplugged. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients, they can not accidently spill into the machine).
  • Pour the water into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together by the bread machine). Put bread pan with ingredients back into unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the bread machine settings (2 lb, light color & whole wheat setting) and then press the Start button on your bread machine.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container (bread loaf pan) as it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread, don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle will be very hot coming out of the bread machine. Or wait until the bread is completely cooled and then remove the mixing paddle.
  • In our bread machine, the overall mixing & baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the total time required after you have entered the settings into the machine.
  • Before using any bread machine, you should read the manufacturer’s instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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