Bread Baking: Serious Rye


[Photograph: Donna Currie]

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I tend to make fluffy rye breads that are destined for sandwiches, but sometimes I really want a dense, chewy rye. This isn't sandwich bread; it's more a bread you'd slice thin with appetizers or toss in a bread basket. It's not a lightweight bread; it's more serious than that.

It would be great with cream cheese and raw onion (one of my favorite snacks), or with a simple little smear of good butter.