Easy Seeded Rye Bread


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 

Easy Seeded Rye Bread
Photo: © Abby Hocking
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs
2 9-inch loaves


  • 3 cups rye flour, preferably organic

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour

  • 1 3/4 cups cracked rye (see Note)

  • 1 1/2 cups flaxseeds

  • 1 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds

  • 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

  • 2 1/2 cups cold water

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2/3 cup dubbel-style Belgian beer, such as Chimay Première

  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • Canola oil or nonstick cooking spray, for greasing 


  1. In a large bowl, whisk both of the flours with the cracked rye and the flax, sunflower and sesame seeds.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix the water with the buttermilk, beer, salt and yeast at low speed until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix at medium-low speed until incorporated and the dough is the consistency of a thick cake batter, about 10 minutes.

  3. Lightly grease two 9-by-4-inch loaf pans and divide the dough between the pans; smooth the top of the dough with a spatula. Each loaf pan will have about 2 1/2 pounds of dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, at least 12 hours or up to 6 days.

  4. Remove the loaf pans from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature in a warm place until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the dough reads 73°, about 3 hours. Preheat the oven to 350°. Unwrap the dough and bake for 2 hours, until the crust is a deep brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 200°.

  5. Transfer the loaf pans to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the bread from the pans and let cool completely, about 2 hours.

Make Ahead

The rye bread can be wrapped in foil and kept at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Cracked rye can be found at some health food stores and on amazon.com.

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