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Light Rye Sourdough Boule with Caraway Seeds

A soft and chewy sourdough boule made with the perfect percentage of rye flour for flavor and workability. #starter #bread #boule #sourdough #caraway #traditional #baking #rye #heirloomgrains #realfood #wisetraditions


Rye can be a tricky and sticky flour to work with.

Here I’ve paired traditional rye flour and classic caraway with protein rich bread flour and a little whole wheat to give you a light and lofty loaf that is exceptionally easy to work with. If you are new to working with rye flour, and you want to make the perfect Light Rye Sourdough Boule then this is the place to start!

Caraway, A Classic Bread Spice

Caraway seeds have a sweet and spicy flavor and an interesting cultural and culinary history. They have been used in bread for centuries and as a flavoring for sweet or savory cuisine. To get the most from your caraway seeds make sure to toast them lightly in a hot dry frying pan. Remove the seeds from the pan when they become fragrant and let them cool before adding them to your recipes.


A soft a fluffy crumb makes this Light Rye Sourdough a wonderful bread for toasting or sandwiches!


My Light Rye Sourdough Boule is a perfect bread for toasting and buttering or holding the irresistible Rueben ingredients – hot corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and melty Swiss cheese!

Before you get into this recipe, make sure you are prepared.

Start with my in depth sourdough guide Demystifying Sourdough. In this guide you will lean about the history of sourdough, the health benefits of baking with sourdough, popular terminology, my tool recommendations, and how to start your own starter from scratch.

Next, get that starter in tip-top shape by following my feeding directions in How To Feed Your Sourdough Starter For Successful Baking.

And finally, learn how to ferment and shape the perfect sourdough boule by watching the video in my recipe How To Bake The Perfect Sourdough Boule In Your Dutch Oven.


A Soft and lofty loaf of Sourdough Rye bread.


Now the only thing left to do is get the recipe for this delicious Light Rye Sourdough Boule!


A soft and chewy sourdough boule made with the perfect percentage of rye flour for flavor and workability. #starter #bread #boule #sourdough #caraway #traditional #baking #rye #heirloomgrains #realfood #wisetraditions


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A soft a fluffy crumb makes this Light Rye Sourdough a wonderful bread for toasting or sandwiches!
Light Rye Sourdough Boule with Caraway
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

This sourdough rye bread is light and fluffy with the classic sourdough tang and chew! 

Course: Baking, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Traditional
Keyword: Boule, Bread, Fermented, Grains, Loaf, Real Food, Starter, Stretch and Fold
Servings: 16
Author: Butter For All
  • 250 Grams Organic Rye Flour 2 Cups
  • 225 Grams Organic Bread Flour 1 1/2 Cups
  • 100 Grams Organic Whole Wheat Flour 3/4 Cup - I use a Superfine T200 or pastry flour
  • 250 Grams Sourdough Starter 1 Cup at 100% Hydration
  • 14 Grams Salt 2 Teaspoons
  • 8 Grams Caraway Seeds 1 Tablespoon, Toasted
  • 340 Grams Water 1 1/2 Cup
  1. In a large glass or ceramic bowl mix all the ingredients into a shaggy dough. Let the dough rest for a minute or two.

  2. Start the stretch and fold process using a dough whisk or wet hands. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes between each stretch and fold. 

  3. Stretch the dough at least 5 times to build up gluten. 

  4. If you plan to shape the bread and then let it do a second ferment in the refrigerator then let the dough ferment at room temperature until at least double before shaping and refrigerating. Alternatively you can ferment the dough at room temperature overnight and then shape it, let it rise again, and bake it the next morning. 

  5. Preheat your oven to 450° with a covered Dutch oven inside. Alternatively you can bake on a baking stone or in an open cast iron pan. 

  6. Cut a piece of parchment that will over hang the circumference of the boule. Turn the shaped and proofed dough out onto the parchment. Score the dough and place it in the hot Dutch oven with the lid on.

  7. Bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and continue baking for 15 more minutes. 

  8. Remove the boule from the oven and let it cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing. 



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Amy-Grace Enzer

Monday 18th of May 2020

How long would you reccomend I leave the dough to rise again following bulk fermentation and shaping?

Butter For All

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Hi Amy-Grace!

I can't tell you for certain, it depends on your starter, you want it to double but not overproof. Mine usually doubles in 2-4 hours after shaping.

Hope that helps!


Friday 10th of January 2020

Your light sourdough rye with caraway looks like the bread I grew up with from TTK bakery in Manchester, NH Mum bought the loaf with no caraway seed. The crust was flaky, really flaky, and she called the bottom of th loaf, "the linoleum." My Bacia would hold the load against her chest and saw off the linoleum with a large knife. TTK is no longer in business —long gone — and I would like to try to duplicate that bread. Any suggestions? My bread making is limited to a weekly load of oatmeal/molasses bread for my lunch sandwiches. Thank yu.

Butter For All

Saturday 11th of January 2020

Hi Lois.

What a nice story. Thank you for sharing! Interesting that the crust was flaky, now I want to know how to make a flaky crust! My first thought is butter - Try using melted butter while shaping the loaf... I'll look into it further!

Happy Baking,


Patrick Stevens

Monday 6th of January 2020

This bread is great just made a loaf over the weekend. Will make again, think it is going to pair perfect with my house made pastrami and kraut. Having a Reuben social in a few weeks, and i think this is going to complete it. Thanks for the recipe.

Butter For All

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Hi Patrick!

Wow, a Reuben social, that just sounds incredible! So glad my bread recipe made the cut! You are very welcome :)

I'd love to see your sandwiches if you want to share pics!!!