Rustic German bread

This delicious bread is easy to make and perfect for sandwiches throughout the week.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 20 min. preparation time, 30 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 412 / Protein 12g / Carbohydr. 84g / Fat 3g

Ingredients (10 servings)

750 gbread flour
375 grye flour
788 gwater (divided)
15 gconfectioner’s sugar
38 gfresh yeast
20 ghoney
15 gbutter (soft)
30 gsalt
water for baking


baking sheet, baking dish, oven, measuring cup, parchment paper, stand mixer or hand mixer with dough hooks

Wine Tip

Salted butter
Enjoy your freshly baked bread simply with some butter. Add flaky sea salt for extra flavor.

Step 1

Rustic German bread

In a measuring cup, dissolve confectioner’s sugar and yeast in lukewarm water. Allow to sit for approx. 30 min. Ensure that foam forms at the top of the yeast mixture.

measuring cup

15 g confectioner’s sugar / 38 g fresh yeast / 38 g water

Step 2

Rustic German bread

Combine the rest of the water, flour, rye flour, honey, butter, salt, and yeast mixture using a stand mixer with a dough hook. Knead for approx. 10 min. until an elastic dough forms. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for approx. 1 h or until the dough has doubled in volume.

stand mixer

750 g water / 750 g bread flour / 375 g rye flour / 20 g honey / 15 g butter / 30 g salt

Step 3

Rustic German bread

Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. When dough has finished rising, knead by hand on a floured surface until smooth. Divide dough and form loafs approx. the width of a stretched out hand in diameter. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for approx. 30 min. When the dough has doubled in volume, make a crosswise incision in the top. Transfer to preheated oven. Place a baking dish filled with water on the bottom rack. Bake the bread for approx. 30 – 40 min. until the crust is golden. Set aside to cool.

baking sheet, baking dish, oven, parchment paper