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Still sleuthing for Navarro’s Swedish rye bread recipe

Addie Broyles

1 lb. light rye flour

3 lb. unbleached bread flour

1 1/3 oz. salt

1 1/3 oz. instant yeast

5 oz. brown sugar

5 oz. unsalted butter

4 Tbsp. grated orange rind

6 oz. molasses

1/2 oz. ground anise

Mix the dough to a nice self development and then add the butter and orange rind. After the butter is incorporated it usually needs to be kneaded at least for another 4 or 5 minutes on medium speed on a bread mixer.

- Jim Murphy, owner of Sweetish Hill Bakery

Swedish Rye Bread

2 packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 Tbsp. shortening

1 Tbsp. salt

2 tsp. caraway seeds

1/2 tsp. ground anise seeds

1 1/4 cup hot water

5 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 cups rye flour

Soften the yeast in the warm water and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine brown sugar, molasses, shortening, salt, caraway seeds and anise seeds. Pour hot water over the ingredients and set aside to soften. When that mixture has become lukewarm, blend in 1 cup of the sifted all-purpose flour, beating until smooth. Add the yeast and mix well. Add the rye flour and beat until smooth, then add the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a very lightly floured surface. Allow dough to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Knead. Form the dough into a large ball and put into a greased, deep bowl. Turn to bring greased surface to the top. Cover with waxed paper and a towel and let stand in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. Punch down with fist, pull edges in to center and turn dough completely over in bowl. Cover and let rise again until dough has doubled. Punch down and turn out on a lightly floured surface.

Grease the baking sheet. Divide dough into two portions and shape into balls. Cover and allow to rest 5 to 10 minutes. Remove to greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until dough is doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely on cooling racks.