A type of bread common to Northern Europe in many varieties, but almost unknown in the south. This version is a typical Danish example (Danish: rugbrød). In Denmark, most people eat this type of bread on a daily basis.
This recipe produces 3 loaves of rye bread.
- Mix the salt with the rye flour in a big bowl.
- Add 1.8L of water and mix it.
- Mix in the sourdough starter. The result should be wet enough to flow very slowly.
- Cover it with a cloth and let it rise for at 12-30 hours as convenient. Then add the cracked rye seeds.
- If the resulting dough feels dry, add a bit of water. The result should be just dry enough to retain an approximate shape, but no drier.
- Take out 300mL of dough to act as the starter next time you make this recipe.
- Butter 3 bread forms and put the dough into it, forcing it into all corners with a spoon. Then using a fork, make deep holes as close as you can all over the bread.
- Let it rise for 5-10 hours, and then bake it for about 90 minutes at about 180C.
- Let the bread cool for 15 minutes, and then tip them out to cool further on a table.
- The loaves can keep for about a week in a plastic bag. Do not refrigerate.
- The bread is very difficult to cut for 2 hours or so after baking. Allow to cool before slicing.