Rye Bread

Rye bread is made of—what else?—rye flour and can be light, dark (think pumpernickel) or both (called a marble rye). Because the gluten in rye isn't as elastic as it is in wheat, rye breads tend to rise less, making them compact and dense. The bread is popular is Scandanavia, Finland, Russia, Germany and many of the surrounding countries. According to Finnish-born baker Simo Kuusisto, "In Finland, bakers traditionally use wheat flour only for cookies and cakes. Because rye is hardy and strong-flavored, bakers use it for bread. Whole-grain rye is part of our identity." Nutty, hearty rye breads can stand up to complex flavors, which is why they are the perfect vehicle for toppings like smoked meats, strong cheeses and pickled vegetables. F&W's guide helps you make rye bread step by step, offers delicious recipes and explores the cultures that love rye bread.

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Easy Seeded Rye Bread
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This dense, extra-seedy rye bread from Danish chef Claus Meyer is incredibly moist. It sits beautifully at room temperature for a few days and is the perfect thick, crusty piece of bread to use for your avocado toast. Slideshow: More Bread and Biscuit Recipes 
Scandinavian Rye Bread
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Master baker Lionel Vatinet makes this dense, super-flavorful bread with locally milled rye flour. Slideshow:  How to Make Scandinavian Rye Bread 
Rye Berry Bread
Thinly sliced, toasted or not, this dense, hearty whole-grain bread is wonderful topped with smoked salmon, sour cream and chopped onions, or with bitter orange marmalade. Allow time for the sponge to sit overnight.Great Sandwiches
Raisin Rye Bread
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Good News Lionel Vatinet developed this hearty bread—a good source of fiber—to satisfy his Eastern European customers. More Breads and Biscuits
Layman's Rye Bread
Baker Peter Endriss makes his rye with a wild yeast starter that gives the bread a wonderfully tangy and complex flavor and aroma. For home cooks, he suggests using cornichon or pickle juice instead. The idea was inspired by a recipe for Cucumber Pickle Juice Rye Loaf from Dan Lepard, author of The Handmade Loaf. Slideshow: Breads of the World 
"Rye"-Raisin Belgian Waffle Bread
These gluten-free waffles contain no actual rye: The rye-like flavor comes from the caraway seeds. Slideshow:  Great Waffles