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Danish rye bread (rugbrød)

Recipe for Danish rye bread
Rye bread or Rugbrød as we call it in Denmark is a dark bread made primarily from rye. The taste is deep and it is full of good fibers. We eat it for lunch every day and to make Danish open-faced sandwiches or smørrebrød.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Rising time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Lunch
Cuisine Danish
Servings 2 bread
Calories 2828 kcal


  • 200 g cracked rye kernels
  • 470 g water
  • 900 g water
  • 20 g fresh yeast (can be omitted if your sourdough is very active)
  • 25 g salt
  • 300 g sourdough
  • 130 g sunflower seeds
  • 130 g linseeds
  • 20 g malt flour
  • 550 g whole grain rye flour
  • 130 g whole grain wheat flour
  • 260 g all-pourpose flour

Sprinkle with:

  • Sesame seeds


  • Boil the cracked rye kernels and 470 g water in a pot for 10 minutes until all water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let them cool off.
  • Put 900 g water in a bowl (I use the bowl from the mixer as the dough has to be kneaded for a long time). Dissolve the yeast in the water and add salt and sourdough. Mix it all together and add the rest of the ingredients as well as the kernels from the pot. Knead for 15 minutes.
  • Let the dough rest in the bowl for 15 minutes.
  • Butter up two loaf pans (30×10x10 cm) and divide the dough into the pans. Use a wet spatula to even out the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Let the bread rise to double size on the kitchen counter. It should take about an hour. Longer if you only use sourdough.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celcius. Put a baking tray in the bottom of the oven.
  • Put the bread pans in the hot oven. Turn down the heat to 220 degrees Celsius and pour 2 dl of water into the baking tray to make steam in the oven. Bake the bread for approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes. Measure the temperature in the middle of the loaves, they should be 96 degrees Celcius in the middle in order to be done.
  • Let the bread rest in the pan for 5 minutes before turning them out on a wire rack to let them cool completely before cutting them.


Calories: 2828kcal
Keyword danish breads, danish open faced sandwich, danish rye bread recipe, danish smorrebrod, rugbrød, Rye Bread usa
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