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40% Rye Sourdough Bread

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40% Rye Sourdough Bread

Recently I was challenged by 2 nice members of this community to bake rye bread. Although Christmas time is a bit crazy for me in terms of preparations, I made a combination of Christmas with rye bread and here is the result that I share to the community bake:

It is a variation of the famous recipe of Hamelman's "40% caraway rye". This is my version for this Christmas without caraway and yeast. I tried another version with yeast 6 years ago and is posted on my blog at 40% rye bread with sunflower seeds.

But in this version, I was targeting a higher loaf despite the high rye content. I achieved this with strong bread flour for which I did an autolyse.



  • 389g rye flour (preferably organic)
  • 323g water
  • 19g rye sourdough (100% hydration)
  • 600g strong wheat flour
  • 350g water (warm)
  • 18g salt
  • the above preferment

Full recipe and description are on my blog at 40% Rye Sourdough Bread and on my Youtube channel:

Merry Christmas, TFL!