The best thing about making a bread is all the different foods, ideas it can be paired with. Bread is really an accent to any meal. So the thought process on what bread to make is totally about what you will be pairing it with. There is no better pair than bread with a grilled cheese sandwich. But what bread to choose?
- 1 envelope (1/4-ounce) dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup warm milk (about 110 degrees F)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup rye flour
- 2 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Combine the yeast, sugar, melted butter, egg, and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Beat on low speed for 1 minute.
- Add the salt, rye flour, all-purpose flour, and caraway seeds. Beat at low speed until all of the flour is incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Then, beat at medium speed until the mixture forms a ball, leaves the sides of the bowl and climbs up the dough hook. Remove the dough from the bowl.
- Using your hands, knead for a couple more minutes to get a feel for the texture.
- Finish, by rolling into a large ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Roll the dough in the oil and turn it to oil all sides.
- Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
- Take the dough out of the bowl, knead it again for 5 – 10 minutes and place back in the bowl and cover for another hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a baking sheet.
- Serve and enjoy!
- I wanted it to be rustic looking so I did not put it into baking pans.
Combine the yeast, sugar, melted butter, egg, and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.
Do not be shy about the caraway seeds. They really give the bread that extra spice that we are all so familiar with.
You can use a loaf pan but I love the more rustic a bread looks. I always think that it came from a bread shop when it is served rustic. Do not slice it right away. Let it cool a little before slicing.
Serve and enjoy!