Finnish Rye Bread Recipe

This dense, dark and sour Finnish Rye Bread is served with vegetable soup. Learn how to make/prepare Finnish Rye Bread by following this easy recipe.
Finnish Rye Bread Recipe
Preparation Time 180 Minutes
Cooking Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Difficult
Recipe Type Veg.
Serves 4
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 1¼ cups Warm Potato Water (105-115 °F)
  • 1 tbsp Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • 1¼ cups Medium Rye Flour
  • 1½ to 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • Butter (softened)
How to make Finnish Rye Bread:
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm potato water.
  • Add brown sugar, vegetable oil, salt and 1 cup of rye flour. Beat until the mixture turns smooth.
  • Add enough all-purpose flour to form dough that is easy to handle.
  • Sprinkle a smooth surface with rye flour and turn the dough to the surface.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, till it is smooth and elastic.
  • Grease a baking bowl with butter.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and turn the greased side facing up.
  • Cover it and keep it in a warm place, to let it rise to double its size, say for about 1 hour.
  • Punch the dough and shape it into a round, flat loaf.
  • Grease a 9 x 1½ inch round pan with butter.
  • Place the loaf in the pan and cover it to let it rise till double, for about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 °F and bake the loaf for 40 to 50 minutes, until it sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from pan and brush the top with butter.
  • Cool on a wire rack.