Sauerkraut Rye Bread Recipe

Rye Bread with Caraway

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Two rises: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
142 Calories
2g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 142
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 128mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sauerkraut adds the characteristic tang of a good rye bread without having to make a sourdough starter that can take days, if not weeks. It's moist and has a nice crisp crust. We used all-purpose flour in place of the bread flour and dark corn syrup in place of the molasses, and the recipe turned out well. Rye bread is also great as an addition to recipes, even a few days later.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 3/4 cup warm water

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained well and not rinsed

  • 1 large egg, beaten with one teaspoon water

Steps to Make It

  1. In a larger bowl or a stand mixer, whisk together flours and yeast. In a separate bowl, mix together 3/4 cup warm water, butter, brown sugar, molasses, salt and caraway seeds. Transfer to bowl with flours and yeast, and mix slightly. Add sauerkraut and mix until a dough ball forms. Knead with the dough hook for 3 minutes, or 5 or more minutes by hand, to activate the gluten. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in a warm place. This can take up to 2 hours or more.

  2. Coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead a few turns and flatten into a rectangle that is 10 inches wide. Roll up from one long side, pinch seams together, pinch ends together and place, seam-side down in the prepared loaf pan. Brush with oil or egg-water mixture. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled. This can take up to 2 hours or more.

  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees, 40 to 50 minutes, but begin checking at 30 minutes. Remove from oven and remove from loaf pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.