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20% Rye with Coriander and Dried Cherries

emkay's picture

20% Rye with Coriander and Dried Cherries

Marcus (wassisname) mentioned in a recent post that his favorite "aromatherapy bread" of late was a 20% rye with raisins and dried coriander. I was intrigued by the flavor combination. I love cilantro (aka coriander) and grow it in my garden. It's one of the few things that seems to grow well. I tend to let it bolt and go to seed, but I think the tiny white flowers are pretty so I don't fret over it. I like adding the flowers to my salads.




With an abundance of fresh green coriander seed pods, I decided to harvest some to put in my bread. The green seed pods taste like cilantro leaves, but way more herbacious and verdant. But they also have a spicy, citrusy edge. I opted for dried tart cherries to complement the citrusy notes of the green pods, but raisins would be perfect as well. I also added a bit of ground dried coriander seeds to my dough to add a hint of earthiness.



Marcus suggested using about 1-1.5% dried coriander, but I wasn't sure how much fresh green coriander to use. I settled on 2% fresh and 0.5% dried. On day 1 the green coriander was quite overpowering (even for a coriander lover like myself). I feared that adding 2% seeds was too much, but the green coriander had mellowed considerably by day 2 and was quite nice. The dried cherries were very moist and burst with every bite.



Coriander and Dried Cherry Sourdough

80% all-purpose flour
20% whole rye flour
75% water
2.4% salt
36% levain (50% rye, 100% hydration, 12 hours)
2% fresh green coriander seeds, smashed
0.5% ground dried coriander seeds
40% dried tart cherries

  1. Combined all ingredients in a bowl and mixed by hand.
  2. Dough fermented at room temp (72F) for 3 hours with a stretch and fold at 30, 60, 90, & 120 minutes.
  3. Then bulk retarded at 40F for 12 hours. 
  4. Preshaped the cold dough and bench rested for 1 hour.
  5. Shaped 1 kg dough and placed it into a 9x4x4-inch loaf pan.
  6. Proofed at room temp for 90 minutes.
  7. Baked at 450F for 45 minutes.


:) Mary


dabrownman's picture

Cilantro is the one herb we can't seem to grow here - even in the winter.  Just the opposite of your garden and we use a ton of it in everything it seems.  This bread looks tasty inside and out.   Lucy has never used green coriander in bread or anything else either.  Has to be a good comb with the rye and the cherries.  Well done an

Happy baking    

emkay's picture

Our cilantro plants loves the fog and cool ocean breezes. Pests and birds pretty much leave the cilantro alone. I guess they don't like the taste. Now if only I could get the birds to stop eating my baby lettuce...

Janetcook's picture

Hi Mary,

I see I am not the only one that was tempted by Marcus in his recent post.  

Your loaves and photos are beautiful!  Love the combination of fresh and dry plus cherries rather than raisins…

I also see that I am not the only one who tweaks :)

My loaves are proofing as I type.  Coriander and raisin but I found a recipe in Bernard Clayton's book that added a bit of extra spice as well as lemon zest that I just couldn't resist (Pain Nord Africain au Coriandre) 

BC uses volume measurements so when it came time to add coriander I went with 1% though, in the wet dough, it seems very mild.  I was tempted to add more but held back until I get feed back from my bread 'testers'.  Didn't want to overdo it.

Notice that your loaf has a very shiny crust.   Did you bake it in a DO?  If I baked a loaf similar to yours at 450° for 45 minutes I would get a dark and much thicker crust…..

Thanks for sharing your loaf.  Gives me more ideas to play around with in the future…..

Take Care,


emkay's picture

Hi Janet,

Yes, I was tempted by Marcus as well. :)  I didn't use anything to make my loaf shiny. I baked the loaf in a pullman loaf pan. I covered the pan with the pullman lid for the first 20 minutes, removed the lid, and baked for another 20. Then I removed the loaf from the pan and baked for another 5 minutes. 

I can't wait to see how your BC loaf turns out. I think lemon zest is a perfect addition.

Janetcook's picture

Hi Mary,

Sorry, no photos.  The loaves went to friends.

Lidded pullman makes sense and easier to manage than a hot DO.  Makes for a really nice looking crust.  I will have to try that sometime soon too.


emkay's picture

Hi Janet,

I'm sure your friends will enjoy the loaves. 


wassisname's picture

Nice variation!  The flavor in those fresh, green seeds must be intense.  I’ve never thought to use them at that stage – good to know, as cilantro bolts mighty quickly around here.  Great looking bread, Mary!


emkay's picture

Thank you for mentioning this flavor combination in your post. The green coriander seeds were powerfully intense. Much more than I thought they would be. But perhaps the intensity of flavor varies from plant to plant.  I found a cold soba coriander salad recipe that uses green coriander seeds in the dressing. I plan to try it out this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration, Marcus!

nmygarden's picture

Those cherries are so tempting! I'm still playing with rye, walnuts and dates (a wonderful combination)! Need more time to bake and more eaters...

What a nice surprise are the fresh green coriander berries! Beautiful, creative and tasty!


emkay's picture

Rye, walnuts and dates sound great. The sweet dates must be so nice with the spicy flavor of rye. 

Isand66's picture

Looks like a beauty Mary.  I've never seen fresh coriander before, so thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.


emkay's picture

My city garden could never match the beauty of your garden and those lovely flowers you grow. :) Thanks Ian!

grdresme's picture

Thank you for posting these pictures and wonderful recipe. The Cilantro in our garden is absolutely thriving, other then drying it for winter use, I may just start putting it in bread :-) Thank you!

emkay's picture

It never really occurred to me that I could eat them green, but I realized that since I eat the leaves, stems and flowers, why not the green pods too.

Mebake's picture

Nice combination! bread looks super delicious. Well done on your choice.


emkay's picture

It was a very good combination, but I happen to love cherries and cilantro so I am a little biased. :) Thanks Kahlid!

varda's picture

This looks so delicious.   What a combo of flavors.  As it happens I just bought a bag of tart cherries.   Didn't have a use for it, but now I do.  Only have dried coriander seeds, so I guess I'll have to decrease total amount.  Love  your photos too.  -Varda

emkay's picture

I'm jealous of your tart cherries. :) The growing season for tart cherry varieties in California is so short. I think I only saw them for a week at the farmers' market this year. So I have to make do with dried ones.