Last modified: Sat Mar 5 12:57:37 EST 2022
This is a very dense, 100% rye bread that bears no resemblance to what is commonly sold as rye bread at chain grocery stores. It is not like wheat bread. The crumb appears slightly gummy when the bread is cut, but the texture remains firm.
Shake the container of rye flour to aerate it before measuring out 4 cups.
Get the yeast going in the warm water, then combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until fully mixed.
Scrape the mixture into a standard 9 inch × 5 inch bread pan and level out the top with a spatula. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Wait for it to rise just a little above the top of the pan. It won't rise much farther than that regardless.
Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 80 minutes.