Monday, June 14, 2010


50 g rye meal
100 g water, at 122 F/50 C

77 g all-purpose flour
100 g rye flour
2 g salt
108 g water

284 g all-purpose flour
5 g sugar
1 g/1 tsp. blue fenugreek (Brotklee, Schabziger Klee), ground *
2 g/1 sp. caraway, ground
3 g/1 tsp. anise seeds, ground
8 g salt
6 g instant yeast
170 g water

* substitute: 1 tbsp. dried, ground nettle leaves + 1/2 tsp. of curry. Don't use regular brown fenugreek! (It's bitter and much sourer)


For the mash: stir together rye meal and hot water. Let sit at room temperature (up to 24 hrs).


In the morning, add soaker ingredients to mash and stir to combine. Let sit at room temperature.

In the evening, stir yeast into lukewarm water until dissolved. Mix all ingredients with soaker, stirring for ca. 1 minute at lowest speed. Let dough sit for 5 min.

Knead on medium-low speed for 2 min. Dough should be supple and slightly sticky (adjust with water if needed). Continue kneading for 4 more min. increasing speed to medium-high for last 30 sec. Dough will be still somewhat sticky.

Stretch and fold dough 4 times, every 10 min. (40 min total time). Refrigerate overnight.


3 hrs. before baking, remove dough from refrigerator. Divide cold dough into 16 equal pieces and shape into rolls. Place in pairs, each pair touching each other, seam side down on parchment lined baking sheet. Dust with flour. Let breads rise ca 2 - 2 1/4 hrs., or until grown ca. 2 times their original size.

Preheat oven to 446 F/230 C, with steam pan. Place breads in oven, pouring 1/2 cup boiling water in steam pan. Bake for 10 min., rotate sheet and continue baking for another 10 min. (Internal temperature at least 200 F/392 C).

*if using convection (preferable) adjust temperature accordingly


  1. I have looked at these beauties for several years and NOW is the time to make them ! I am wondering what of my rye options you would recommend for the rye meal. I have malted rye berries that I can grind; pumpernickel rye flour, Hodgson Mill stone ground whole rye flour along with a medium rye flour that I will use in the soaker. I am an experimenter but I would like to get as close to what you have in mind before I go off on my own. Thank you!

  2. What I did....used malted rye berries ground in a spice grinder, medium rye flour, KA Sir Galahad flour. I do have blue fenugreek and feel I could have used more of each spice. As written it is an excellent balance of spices, none overwhelming. An excellent recipe. I will make this again with different rye berries. Thank you