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Delicious honey and rye sourdough bread.
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Honey and Rye Sourdough Loaf

A delicious rye sourdough loaf with a hint of honey sweetness. The addition of wheat flour makes for a dough that's easier to handle, without losing out on the rich rye taste.
Servings: 15 slices
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Rising9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 50 mins


  • 150 ml water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 150 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 80 g sourdough leaven - (ripe, using equal quantities of flour and water).
  • 200 g rye flour
  • 200 g strong white bread flour


  • Mix the water and milk, and measure and reserve 20 ml. Dissolve the honey into the bulk of the liquid.
  • Add the salt to the 20ml reserved liquid, and stir to dissolve.
  • Add ripe leaven to the honey, milk and water mixture, and whisk together.
  • Add flours to the liquid. Add both types of flour slowly to the liquid, mixing together form a rough dough. Leave for an hour.
  • Sprinkle the salt liquid over the dough. Stretch and fold the dough 5–6 times to incorporate into the loaf.
  • Leave to rise for 4–6 hours, depending on room temperature. The dough is ready when it has visibly increased in size, and feels light and spongy to the touch.
  • Form the dough into a loaf shape and rest it (seam down) for 10–15 minutes. Coat
    the inside of a banneton (proving basket) with rye flour. Transfer your loaf, seam up, into the banneton to prove for a further 1–2 hours. It's ready when the dough just starts to lose springiness.  
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220°C/Gas mark 7 for 25 minutes with a dish of boiling water set in the bottom of the oven, or use a Dutch oven or preheated baking cloche.
  • Turn the oven down to 200°C/Gas mark 6 for a further 20 minutes, and remove the lid of the baking pot. The loaf is ready when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Allow
    to cool completely before slicing.


• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg