What Is Rye Bread?
Rye bread is a yeasted loaf made with a combination of rye grain flour and all-purpose flour or bread flour. Rye flour has a stronger flavor and a higher fiber content than typical bread flour, so the more rye used in your loaf, the denser your bread will be.
You can make rye bread with different varieties of rye flour along with various additives for lighter or darker loaves.
What Does Rye Bread Taste Like?
Rye bread has a deep, earthy flavor with some bittersweet nuttiness. Caraway seeds typical of American rye bread lend a sharpness with notes of licorice, while rye flour tempers the bread with a malty base.
You can easily fine-tune the flavor by adjusting the amount of caraway seeds as well as using different rye flours or playing with the rye-to-bread flour ratios. If you prefer a bit more color and a smoky depth of flavor, you can substitute molasses for sugar. The exact ingredients often come down to personal preference, and there are many ways to customize your recipe to find your favorite type of rye bread.