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🍞 Sourdough Rye Bread with Flavored Additions

Learn how to make a delicious sourdough rye bread with flavored additions like caraway seeds and dried orange peel. Find the recipe and instructions on Hello Sourdough.

Sourdough Rye Bread with Flavored Additions

You will need:

  • sourdough starterSourdough starter
  • rye flourRye flour
  • all-purpose flourAll-purpose flour
  • saltSalt
  • warm waterWarm water
  • honeyHoney
  • caraway seedsCaraway seeds
  • dried orange peelDried orange peel


  1. Start by activating your sourdough starter. Mix it with warm water and let it sit for about 15 minutes until it becomes bubbly.
  2. Combine rye flour, all-purpose flour, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the activated sourdough starter to the flour mixture. Mix until the dough starts to come together.
  4. Add honey, caraway seeds, and dried orange peel to the dough. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  5. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 3 hours until it doubles in size.
  7. Punch down the dough, shape it into a loaf, and place it in a greased loaf pan. Cover it again and let it rise for another hour.
  8. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
  9. Bake the loaf for about 40 minutes until it becomes golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  10. Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing.


Feel free to experiment with other flavors. You can replace caraway seeds with fennel seeds or dried orange peel with dried lemon peel. The key is to balance the strong flavor of rye with other flavors.

There's a certain magic to the art of sourdough bread making. The process is as rewarding as it is delicious, and our Sourdough Rye Bread with Flavored Additions recipe is a testament to that. This recipe is more than just a guide to creating a loaf of bread; it's an invitation to explore the rich, tangy world of sourdough and the hearty, earthy flavors of rye.

With our recipe, you'll be guided step by step, from activating your sourdough starter to the final golden-brown bake. Each ingredient, like the caraway seeds and dried orange peel, has been carefully chosen to complement the robust rye flavor, creating a loaf that's a delight to the senses.

But the beauty of sourdough is its versatility. Feel free to experiment with your own flavor combinations. Swap out the caraway seeds for fennel, or the dried orange peel for lemon. The possibilities are endless, and we encourage you to make this recipe your own. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our article on comparing the flavors of different types of breads from around the world.

Once you've mastered this recipe, why not explore the other possibilities of sourdough? From a hearty Sourdough French Toast for breakfast to a healthy Sourdough Bread for Diabetics, there's a sourdough recipe for every meal and occasion.

And if you're curious about the history and techniques behind this ancient bread, our article on sourdough rye bread is a fascinating read.

So, whether you're a seasoned baker or new to the world of sourdough, we invite you to roll up your sleeves, dust off your apron, and join us in the wonderful world of sourdough bread making. Happy baking!