Polish Rye Bread

This recipe provides a quick method for a rye bread with loads of flavour. The addition of buttermilk gives the typical tangy taste that one associates with a traditional rye and adds to a really good texture. This recipe makes two medium-sized, oblong breads.

500ml rye flour
1 500ml cake flour
10ml salt
15ml instant yeast
250ml water, tepid
5ml sugar
375ml buttermilk, room temperature
62ml butter, melted

Add the flours and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
Add the yeast, water, sugar, buttermilk and melted butter to a separate bowl and whisk together to dissolve the sugar and yeast.
Turn the mixer on to a low speed and add the liquids.
Mix/knead for 7 minutes.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double the volume.
Preheat your oven to 190℃ and line a large baking sheet with baking paper.
Knead the dough down by hand for 2 minutes.
Divide the dough in half and shape two oblong loaves.
Place the shaped dough on the prepared baking sheet, cover with oiled plastic wrap and allow to proof until almost doubled in size.
Brush the bread with egg white or water for a shiny crust. Make 4 diagonal, shallow cuts in the top of the bread.
Bake the breads for 30 minutes.
Cool on wire racks until completely cold.

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