Stephan Pappas


This is a perfect sandwich bread and it also toasts very well


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1 Hr 45 Min
40 Min


  • 1 1/2 c
    rye flour
  • 3 c
    bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 2-3 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp
    caraway seeds
  • 1 Tbsp
    dark molasses
  • 2 Tbsp
    shortening, butter flavor
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    caramel coloring




In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, yeast, and caraway seeds.
  2. Stir in the molasses, shortening and 1 1/4 cups water.
  3. Keep stirring until the dough starts to form a ball (add the additional water if necessary.) Scrape dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 4-6 minutes, add a little flour if needed to keep it from sticking.
  4. The dough should be a slightly tacky, but should not stick to your hands. Move the dough into a large bowl that has been coated with cooking spray. Roll the dough ball to coat and cover the top with plastic wrap.


Repeat the same proccess again to create dough number two, this time adding the coloring to make the darker dough.

Let both doughs set at room temperature to rise for about 60-90 minutes (depending on the temperature it may take up to two hours) until each dough has doubled in size.
  6. Divide each dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll out the dough portions into 8 oblong pieces about 8" long by 5" wide. Start with one piece of light dough and stack a dark piece on top, add another light then another dark. Roll into a batard and seal the bottom. Repeat with remaining 4 pieces to make 2 loaves.
  7. Repeat with remaining 4 pieces to make 2 loaves. Place each batard into loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Lightly spritz the tops with cooking spray.

Loosely cover each with plastic wrap and let rise for 45-90 minutes, until almost double in size.

While the loaves are proofing, preheat oven to 350. When they are ready, beat 1 egg with a teaspoon of water until frothy. Carefully brush the top of each loaf right before you place them in the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, rotating halfway though, until the tops are a dark golden color. When tapped on the bottom it should sound hollow - you can also check the temperature - it should read 190-200.

Remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack at least 2 hours before slicing.

Printable Recipe Card


Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: German

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