Easy Rye Bread




Introduction: Easy Rye Bread

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make Rye bread from scratch. This easy homemade soda rye bread recipe is awesome, especially if you like rye and soda bread. It is heavy, dense, and hearty, with a very slight sweetness. There are no eggs and no yeast in this recipe. If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get baking!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients


  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour (113g)
  • 1 1/2 cups of dark rye flour (165g)
  • 1/4 cup of light or dark brown sugar (54g)
  • 1 Tbsp of baking soda (18g)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (3g)
  • 1/2 cup of root beer (118ml)
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk (113g)


  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Wire rack

Step 2: Whisk That Flour

Begin by preheating the oven to 400F/205C.

Add the dark rye flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar (light or dark) to a large bowl and whisk until combined.

Step 3: Finish the Dough

Next, pour in the root beer and the buttermilk and use a wooden spoon or sturdy silicone spoon to stir until a dough forms.

Step 4: Knead, Shape, Cut, Bake

Now, pour the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for a minute or two. Then shape it into a round loaf. Sprinkle the top with flour and coat the whole outside with it.

Shape the dough into a round loaf and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Score the top of the dough, the # mark is a popular design. Scoring just means cutting slits on the top of the dough. This helps control the expansion of the dough while it bakes which also helps prevent cracking.

Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 40 minutes.

Step 5: Cool and Slice

Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes then place it on a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Now you can slice it and serve it. The bread will feel very heavy for its size. It will be dense and a little crumbly, which is very common for "soda bread".

Eat it plain, spread some butter and jam on it, eat it with soup or stew, whatever you like.


Print the rye bread recipe here if you want.

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial.

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    6 weeks ago on Introduction

    How can you make good rye bread if you’re not Polish? It sounds great!


    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Perhaps, he's Jewish. They make GREAT Rye Bread!!