Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com

Dark rye bread

Total time: 16 hours to let the soaker and the sourdough get active. Then another 3-4 hours to let the dough rise and baking the loaf. Makes 1 loaf.

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com

Ingredients
Day 1
Pre-dough

  • 20 g (0.7 oz) rye starter
  • 160 g (5.6 oz, not fluid!) filtered water
  • 160 g (5.6 oz) dark rye flour

Soaker 1

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) sunflower seeds
  • 0.5 tbsp sea salt
  • 100 g (3.5 oz, not fluid!) boiling water

Soaker 2

  • 232 g (8.2 oz) dark rye flour
  • 0.5 tbsp sea salt
  • 232 g (8.2 oz, not fluid!) boiling water

Day 2

  • Pre-dough
  • Soaker 1
  • Soaker 2
  • 166 g (5.9 oz) bread flour
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp honey

Toppings
sunflower seeds

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com
Cream cheese, arugula, avocado and black pepper. A perfect combination.

Instructions
Mix starter, water and dark rye flour in a bowl. Wrap with cling wrap. Roast the sunflower seeds in the oven on broil (keep an eye on them so that they don’t burn!). Mix the roasted sunflower seeds with the boiling water and salt for the Soaker 1 and wrap the bowl with cling wrap. Prepare Soaker 2 by mixing dark rye flour, boiling water and salt in a third bowl. Wrap with cling wrap. Let all three bowls stand in room temperature for 16 hours.

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com
Healthy addition to any meal.

Active the dry yeast in 1 tbsp of warm water. Mix together the two soakers and the pre-dough with the yeast, honey and bread flour. Let a stand mixer work the dough for 7 minutes. If you do this by hand, work the dough for at least 15-20 minutes. It will be really sticky. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it rest 30 minutes.

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com
This is my favorite thing to eat when I get home from a day at work.

Butter a loaf pan and sprinkle some sunflower seeds on the bottom and the sides. Let the stand mixer work the dough again for 7 minutes, then put the dough in the loaf pan. Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 2-3 hours in room temperature, until it reaches the top of the loaf.

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com
Cottage cheese, tomato and black pepper. Another great addition to this dark rye loaf.

Preheat the oven to 485F. Put the loaf in on the lower rack. Spray some water on the bottom of the oven and bake the loaf 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, open the oven to let out some steam. Lower the temperature to 350F and bake another 45 minutes. Then tip out the loaf on an oven tray, and bake another 20 minutes, to get a nice crust all around.

Let cool on a rack.

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com
The loaf stays fresh for a really long time. Just keep it wrapped in a kitchen towel.

Dark rye bread with sunflower seeds | bitterbaker.com
It keeps you full for longer, too. Only good things about this bread!

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