how to make rye bread

Rye Bread

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This homemade rye bread is awesome. It is extremely easy to make and is a type of soda bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast. Also, there are no eggs in this recipe.

Rye soda bread is dense, heavy, hearty, and with just a hint of sweetness. It has a crumbly texture which is very common with soda bread.

If you are a fan of soda bread and rye, give this easy rye bread a try. From start to finish it is done in about an hour. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools/equipment

Several bread ingredients in small glass bowls on top of a wooden cutting board.

In order to make this rye bread from scratch you will need a handful of ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Dark rye flour – You can’t make rye bread without rye flour!
  • Brown sugar – You may use either light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.
  • Baking soda – This is the leavening agent.
  • Salt
  • Root beer – Some people will use a stout beer as well. I don’t drink alcohol, so I never have beer on hand.
  • Buttermilk – You can use storebought buttermilk or use this homemade buttermilk substitute.
  • Dried currants or raisins – This is an optional but very common ingredient in rye soda bread.
Loaf of homemade rye bread on a white plate.


  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon or sturdy silicone spoon
  • Knife
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Wire rack

Step 2: How to make rye bread at home from scratch

Bowl filled with flour and brown sugar.

First, preheat the oven to 400F/205C. Make sure the main rack is in the middle position.

Add the dark rye flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar to a large bowl and whisk until combined.

Mixing rye bread dough with a spoon.

Next, pour in the root beer and the buttermilk and use a wooden spoon or sturdy silicone spoon to stir until a dough forms.

Hands kneading rye bread dough on a white countertop.

Now, pour the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for a minute or two. Then shape it into a round loaf. Sprinkle the top with flour and coat the whole outside with it.

Scoring the top of a rye loaf of bread.

Shape the dough into a round loaf and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Score the top of the dough, the # mark is a popular design.

Scoring just means cutting slits on the top of the dough. This helps control the expansion of the dough while it bakes which also helps prevent cracking.

Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 40 minutes.

Freshly baked loaf of rye soda bread

Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes then place it on a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Now you can slice it and serve it. The bread will feel very heavy for its size. It will be dense and a little crumbly, which is very common for “soda bread”.

Sliced rye bread on a wooden cutting board.

Eat it plain, spread some butter and jam on it, eat it with soup or stew, whatever you like.


How long does homemade rye bread last?

Store the bread in an airtight container after it has cooled, either at room temperature or in the fridge. It will last about a week at room temperature and about two weeks in the fridge. You may also freeze the bread if you like.

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Here are some other bread recipes you may like:

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No-Knead Bread

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Rye Soda Bread

Learn how to make this super easy rye soda bread at home. If you are a fan of soda bread and rye, try this recipe! It is dense and hearty without eggs or yeast.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Cooling Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, European, Irish
Keyword: crumbly, dense, hearty, savory
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Wire rack
  • Whisk
  • Wooden or sturdy silicone spoon


  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour 113g
  • 1 1/2 cups of dark rye flour 165g
  • 1/4 cup of light or dark brown sugar 54g
  • 1 Tbsp of baking soda 18g
  • 1/2 tsp of salt 3g
  • 1/2 cup of root beer 118ml
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk 113g


  • Preheat the oven to 400F/205C, with the main rack in the middle position.
  • Whisk together the whole wheat flour, rye flour, salt, baking soda, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add the root beer and the buttermilk then stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
  • Pour dough onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Shape the dough into a round loaf. Then lightly cover the dough in flour.
  • Place the loaf on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Score a # mark on the top of the loaf.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes and then serve. Enjoy!


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Calories: 169kcal

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  1. Hello,
    I really want to make this, but I have 2 questions:
    1) Can this be made in a loaf pan? I prefer my bread to be in that shape.
    2) Is there a substitute for the root beer? If I use root beer, should it be room temp, flat, fizzy?

    • Hi there, yes it can be made in a loaf pan. Baking time will vary a bit. If you use root beer you can use it straight out of the fridge or at room temp unopened. So not flat. Ginger ale would be a suitable substitute.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh Yum – Rye bread is my favorite! Your recipe is so delicious. It’s so nice having fresh bread!

  3. 5 stars
    My husband is the bread maker; he says this recipe is easy to follow, and I say delish! Thanks.

  4. 5 stars
    The instructions were wonderful! Mine turned out so perfect.

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