Marbled Rye Bread

Marbled rye bread recipe - Domestic Gothess I have managed to end up with five bags of rye flour to get through so expect to see quite a few recipes with rye in coming up! Obviously rye bread is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of things made with rye, and I came across a picture on Pinterest of a beautifully marbled rye bread, half light and half dark coloured; I can’t resist a beautiful bread so I knew that I had to give it a try, the result was both extremely attractive and delicious.

Marbled rye bread loaf - Domestic GothessBoth colours of dough are essentially the same basic mix, I simply added cocoa powder and treacle to one to colour it (the bread doesn’t taste of chocolate), reason being that you need both doughs to rise at the same rate, if they were different you may end up with a loaf that is part under and part over-proved. The bread is made with part rye flour and part strong white bread flour, so it is light and soft, but still wholesome; it is perfect for making very attractive sandwiches (especially with cheese), and also makes fantastic toast. I topped mine with a sprinkling of caraway seeds for an interesting flavour, and you could also add some to the dough if you like.

Swirled marbled rye bread - Domestic GothessDespite the intricate looking pattern the loaf is actually very simple to shape, I used this video as a guide, and it didn’t take very long to create the spiral, it is definitely a shaping technique that I will be using again; I will also be making this loaf again regularly to use up some more of my copious amount of rye flour…

If this recipe has inspired you to do some bread baking you may want to check out these fantastic looking loaves: I also have some spelt flour to use up so I will be giving this Rosemary Spelt Bloomer a go; this Brioche looks perfect, and as a bonus contains far less butter than the recipe I usually use! And how about bread made with soy sauce? I think it sounds like an amazing idea and this Soy Anadama Bread looks fantastic.

Swirly marbled rye bread - Domestic Gothess

Marbled Rye Bread
 
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Makes: 1 loaf
Ingredients
Light Dough
  • 225g (1 + ¾ cups + 2tbsp) strong white bread flour
  • 115g (scant 1 cup) rye flour
  • 5g (1½ tsp) fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g (scant 2 tbsp) softened butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • approx 220ml (scant cup) water
Dark Dough
  • 225g (1 + ¾ cups + 2tbsp) strong white bread flour
  • 115g (scant 1 cup) rye flour
  • 5g (1½tsp) fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g (scant 2 tbsp) softened butter
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • approx 220ml (scant cup) water
  • milk and caraway seeds to finish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients for the light dough except the water into a bowl and all of the ingredients for the dark dough except the water into a separate one. Gradually add the water to each bowl, mixing until it forms a soft, slightly sticky dough; you may not need to add all of the water or you may need a little more.
  2. Turn each dough out onto an un-floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or so until they are smooth and elastic. Shape each dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1.5 hours.
  3. Grease an approx 28x13cm (11x5in) loaf tin (or you can just bake the loaf on a baking sheet). Punch down each dough and knead very briefly then divide each dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough out on a lightly oiled surface into a square about 20cm (8in) wide; stack the squares of dough on top of each other light then dark then light then dark; roll the stack out gently until it is about 27cm (10.5in) square then roll it up tightly into a log.
  4. Place the log seam side down in the loaf tin or on a baking sheet and cover loosely with oiled clingfilm. Leave to rise until doubled in size, 1-2 hours; meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
  5. Just before you place the loaf in the oven, cut several deep slashes across the top of the loaf, brush it with a bit of milk and scatter over a few caraway seeds if you like. Bake for 45-55 minutes until the loaf is well-risen and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, the internal temperature should reach 94C/200F.
  6. Turn the loaf out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely before slicing.

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43 Comments on Marbled Rye Bread

  1. Angela
    August 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks amazing Hannah. It’s such an impressive Rye Bread recipe, love the spiral in the design. I like how you’ve kept the pictures really uncluttered and classic looking.

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:09 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angela 🙂 I couldn’t think how to style it so I thought I’d just keep it really simple, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out though.

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  2. Lucy Parissi
    August 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I love how perfect this looks! It’s not easy to get the swirl just right – I am very envious. I do love rye bread but my attempts always come out a bit heavy. Now I am craving a rye bread sandwich so bad I can taste it…

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy 🙂 The shaping technique I followed was really good – I’ve linked to a video in the post. It’s a light rye bread made with about half rye flour to strong white so it is very light and soft, I also find that bread made with all rye flour tends towards being a bit rock-like…

      Reply
  3. louise | Cygnet Kitchen
    August 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I have never made rye bread, loving the swirl centre, very impressive! Lovely photos too Hannah!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Louise 🙂

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  4. Julie is Hostess At Heart
    August 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm (2 years ago)

    This bread is just amazing! It looks professional. I’ll be keeping this one on my wish list!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie 🙂 It is actually easier to shape than it looks 🙂 and the bread is delicious!

      Reply
  5. Hayley (@SnapHappyBakes)
    August 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks a perfect bake. I wonder if we’ll see anything half as good on Great British Bake Off tomorrow! #CookBlogShare

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Bread week is my favourite week 🙂

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  6. Sneaky Veg
    August 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm (2 years ago)

    This just looks stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a marbled bread before – very impressive. #cookblogshare

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  7. Jess
    August 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my, this looks WONDERFUL. Great job with this 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      August 19, 2015 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jess 🙂

      Reply
  8. Sarah James
    August 20, 2015 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Amazing rye bread, looks delicious too. Popping over from #CookBlogShare

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 it is really delicious, I’ve baked it again several times since this post!

      Reply
  9. bakeplaysmile
    August 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Ooh I’m on the biggest homemade bread making thing at the moment. This is going to be my next loaf! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Foodie Fridays! Have a great weekend! xxx

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

      I barely ever buy bread anymore, home made is just so much nicer! x

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

      I was so happy when I sliced into the loaf and saw how perfect the pattern was! Home made bread is so much nicer than shop bought 🙂

      Reply
  10. Lynn | The Road to Honey
    August 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! Such a gorgeous loaf of bread and I agree slices from this loaf would make any sandwich look like a complete work of art. Rye bread was a childhood favorite of mine so I can’t wait to whip up a loaf of this so that I can take a walk down memory lane.

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

      It does make sandwiches feel a little more special 🙂

      Reply
  11. skd
    August 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! This is a beauty!!!

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  12. coconutcraze
    August 21, 2015 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I love rye bread and always buy them. This is incredible with two colors. I guess, the dark and white rye imparted the color. I would like to try this at home!

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  13. Laura
    August 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I fell in love with this at first sight. It looks so beautiful and I can imagine it makes fantastic sandwiches

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Laura, it does make amazing sandwiches, delicious and pretty!

      Reply
  14. sarahgiebens
    August 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your bread! It looks so good and the marble is so perfect 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 11:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  15. Lizzie {Strayed Table}
    August 24, 2015 at 5:41 am (2 years ago)

    What a stunning loaf of bread. Possibly too good to eat. Hope your having a good week, stopping by from Fabulous Foodie Friday.

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 11:58 am (2 years ago)

      I can assure you it isn’t too good to eat! I have devoured several loaves of it 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Charlotte 🙂

      Reply
  16. Liana
    August 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm (2 years ago)

    That swirl is just perfection! Stunnign bake ng

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  17. dishofdailylife
    August 26, 2015 at 3:19 am (2 years ago)

    Your bread is stunning!! And it looks delicious too! Sharing on my Facebook page tomorrow afternoon and I’ll be pinning as well. 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Michelle 🙂

      Reply
  18. Jerri
    August 27, 2015 at 5:53 am (2 years ago)

    Your bread looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jerri 🙂

      Reply
  19. Honest Mum
    August 30, 2015 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

    This looks epic, how original, I absolutely love rye bread although not sure I could pull this off! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2015 at 12:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Vicki, it’s easier to make than it looks! x

      Reply
  20. Karen
    September 29, 2015 at 4:18 am (2 years ago)

    What is strong white bread flour? Can you suggest a brand?

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    • hannahhossack
      September 29, 2015 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

      It is flour that has a high gluten and protein content and is therefore better for breadmaking than plain flour. It will be labeled as either “strong flour”, “bread flour” or “strong bread flour”. I don’t use a particular brand and get good results just using supermarket own brand.

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  21. Mayuri Patel
    June 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm (12 months ago)

    a very rustic looking bread, crunchy and delicious. Love the perfect swirl.

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    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:31 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Mayuri 🙂

      Reply

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