Polish Buttermilk Rye Bread Recipe

Loaf of rye bread
Loaf of rye bread. Richard Clark / Getty Images
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves (20 servings)
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It's the buttermilk in this recipe for Polish Buttermilk Rye Bread that gives it the tang usually associated with rye breads. It takes the labor and time out of creating a sour starter.

While white bread has its place in Polish cuisine, Poles are particularly fond of rye breads and black breads that are made with 100% rye flour and use no white flour to lighten the loaf.

Enjoy this hearty bread with soup, as toast or even in stuffing or sweet bread pudding. And here are Leftover Rye Bread Recipes.

SHORTCUT: Follow this Quick Tip for faster rising.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup water (lukewarm)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ​yeast (instant, not rapid rise)
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup or 1/2 stick butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl or bowl or a stand mixer, add all ingredients and mix well. Knead on low 7 minutes in mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
  2. Transfer to a large greased bowl. Flip the dough to grease the bottom and cover with oiled plastic. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Punch down dough and form into 2 oblong or round loaves. Place on prepared pan, cover with oiled plastic and let rise until almost doubled.
  1. Brush risen dough with egg whites for a shiny crust or plain water. Make 4 diagonal shallow cuts (use a lame or razor blade) in the dough and bake 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature on an instant-read thermometer registers 190-195 degrees. Cool on wire racks.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
73 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)