Author Notes: My partner is Finnish and we live in Australia, so for years we have been trying out every Rye bread recipe we can find to try and get close to what you can buy back in Finland. Over time I have picked out the ingredients and tecnicques from all these different recipes to come up with this bread, which Joonas has declared his favorite so far. A warning though, this bread is tough, dence and has a strong malty rye flavor, Finnish people love this but a lot of westerners find it quite unusual. —ColleeninAus
Makes: one loaf
Rye flour - step one
Rye flour - step two, weigh separate
Luke warm water- not hot water
Fast action yeast or 15gm fresh yeast
Fine pure salt - non iodized salt
Toasted caraway seeds
- Put your warm water, yeast and 200gm of rye flour in a clean bowl, stir and leave to stand for half an hour (30min) in an area which will allow the mix to be around 22-24 degrees Celsius. After half an hr the mix should be airy and bubbly * if using fresh yeast dissolve it in the water before adding the flour.
- Make a smooth mix of the treacle, vinegar, oil and salt. Beat into your yeast mix, then add remaining 450gm of rye flour and caraway seeds.
- Line your baking tray with silicone baking mat or baking paper, sprinkle with some extra rye flour to avoid sticking. The dough will look like a pile of glue, this is fine, tip it onto your baking sheet and with wet hands smooth the dough out so it is about 5cm thick. Sprinkle some extra rye flour over and cover with a clean cloth. Leave for 2hrs
- Once the dough has risen by a third it's time to bake it. Heat oven to 180 Celsius fan forced and shove the bread in! Bake bread for round 45 mins or until the top crackers a bit! Now go cure some salmon and enjoy your bread!