Marbled Rye Bread

Simpler than it looks, this marbled loaf is as delicious as it is beautiful. Its tight, tender crumb makes it the perfect sandwich loaf. You really can’t go wrong, though, simply toasting a slice, smearing it with butter, and letting its delicate rye flavor shine through.  

5.0 from 6 reviews
Marbled Rye Bread
 
Makes 1 (9x5-inch) loaf
Ingredients
  • Light dough:
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (77 grams) rye flour
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water, room temperature
  • Dark dough:
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (77 grams) rye flour
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons (15 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsulphered molasses
  • 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water, room temperature
  • Topping:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) flax seeds
Instructions
  1. For light dough: In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, rye flour, butter, honey, salt, and yeast. Gradually add 1 cup water, beating until a soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  2. For dark dough: In a separate large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, rye flour, butter, cocoa, molasses, salt, and yeast. Gradually add 1 cup water, beating until a soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Shape each mass of dough into a ball. Spray 2 large bowls with cooking spray. Place dough in bowls, turning to grease tops. Cover and let stand in a warm, draft-free place (75°F) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and deflate it to remove excess air. Divide each ball in half. Roll each dough quarter into a 9x6-inch rectangle. Layer rectangles on top of one another, alternating light and dark. Starting at one long side, roll dough into a log. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Place loaf seam side down in pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  5. For topping: In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush egg wash over loaf. Using a sharp knife or lame, make 4 deep slashes across top of loaf. Sprinkle with caraway seeds and flax seeds. Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

 

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13 COMMENTS

    • Hi Dave!

      So glad you loved the recipe! It sounds like there may have been too much flour on your surface when you the dough was deflated. This may cause the layers to stay separated.

  1. This was my first attempt at Marble Rye. It was DELICIOUS! Very easy to make, and the bread turned out perfect, nice and dense but tender. The first rise did take about 2 hours, but the second rise was about an hour.

    ( I took some pictures, is there a way to post them?)

  2. Char, thank you for sharing this. I have grown a big interest and hobby in baking with the situation going on around and started to stay at home mostly. I tried doing this recipe and followed the instruction, it turned perfect. The entire family loves it! Will you be able to share the specific brands for flour? I use King Arthur’s, though it was good.
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    • No. Instructions would have told you to activate it with sugar and water separately . This recipe you just add it in and it’ll rise fine. Just ensure you are using the right kind of yeast.

  3. This bread came out so beautifully and tasted amazing. Wanted to make this for my homemade Reuben sandwiches and it was perfect. I had it with my breakfast too. Delicious breakfast sandwiches were had by all.

  4. Perfect dough texture. Very easy recipe. I have 2 bread machines and simultaneously started them (dark and light) on the dough cycle. Then separated and layered the dough for the final rise in the bread pan. I did sift my King Aurthor flour and rye flour. Also, proofed the bulk yeast. For the dark dough I added just a small amount of sugar to the water to activate the yeast.
    The light dough I activated the yeast in the honey water. I cooked it in the pellet grill for 35 minutes, and it turned out absolutely perfect. It was moist, dense without being too dense and had wonderful flavor. This recipe is better than any store or Amish bought loaf. Don’t be intimidated. Its not hard! I wish I could leave a picture in the comments. It was an impressive loaf!

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