Soft Sourdough Rye Bread

by - July 02, 2019

Bread made from rye flour mixture usually doesn't rise as high as bread flour.  I have tried it a few times but it just doesn't rise very tall. However, the bread still tastes very good.

Characteristic of this bread:  The texture is soft and moist on the first day and it lasts very well for 2 - 3 days.  The taste is not very sweet and it has a very mild pleasant sourness.

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Soft Sourdough Rye Bread Recipe - Yudane Method

Yields:  1 loaf


40g bread flour
36g boiling water

22gg sourdough starter (100% Hydration)
66g bread flour
66g water

Main Dough:
110g bread flour (I used high gluten Japanese Bread Flour)
50g rye flour
20g brown sugar (I used organic brown sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
20g butter, room temperature
35g egg, whisked (from 1 egg and balance reserve for egg wash)
30 - 40g full cream milk (reserve 10g, if too dry add the balance)

250g loaf pan (6.5" X 3.5" X 3.5" or 16.5cm X 9cm X 9cm)  or loaf pan (8" X 4" X 4" or 20cm X 10cm X 10cm)
I used 250g loaf pan in this recipe


  1. Add bread flour in a bowl, pour the boiling water and mix well with spatula or spoon.  
  2. Cling film and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.  
  3. Take out from the fridge 30 minutes before using to return to room temperature.
Note:  I made the yudane dough 4 hours before and left it outside instead in the fridge. It works too.

  1. Mix all ingredients in a jar and cover.
  2. Let it ferment at room temperature (approximately 28-30C) overnight for 12 hours until tripled. The total weight should be around 150g.
Main Dough:
  1. Put all ingredients (except butter), including the 150g sourdough starter (levain) and yudane dough into the bowl of stand mixer. Using the dough hook, knead for 3 - 5 minutes until the dough comes together.  Add in butter and continue kneading for 10 - 12 minutes and window pane stage.
  2. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 60 minutes in a large greased bowl, covered with cling film or kitchen towel.  It is fine if the dough doesn't rise until double the size after 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough to release the air. Transfer the dough to a clean floured surface then divide into 2 equal portions. Form each portion to a ball.  Flatten with rolling pin into a dish.  Fold right to centre and fold left overlap it.  Roll out with rolling pin into long rectangle shape. Roll up the dough like Swiss Roll until a small log is formed. 
  4. Place all dough in the prepared loaf pan.  Let it proof at warm and dark place until the dough reaches the height of the pan.  It took more than 2 hours.  This one took approximately 4 hours. To speed up the rising process, place the dough in the oven and a bowl of hot water next to it and close the oven door.
  5. Fifteen minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 180C.
  6. Bake at preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Remove bread from oven and let them cool on rack completely before slicing.

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  1. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your sourdough recipes. I experimented with the rye sourdough soft bread and have a couple of questions.

    1. Why do you need to wait at least 4 hrs before using the yudane?
    2. My dough doesn’t rise after 4 hrs to the top of the pan, any suggestions why? Besides the loaf pan size I’m not sure why it takes so long as I live in Singapore.

    Thanks i’m advance for responding.


    1. Hi Katt,

      Thank you for your questions. It is my pleasure to share.

      1. I don't have the exact answer on this as I followed the yudane method shared online. However, I believe 4 hours is to let the dough relax. Sometimes I use after 1 hour when I am running out of time. I have not found the different yet.

      2. Sourdough baking could take forever to rise. There are many reasons. It could be your starter still young or could be your pan size as well (the dough risen horizontally instead of vertically). Bear in mind too that bread made from rye flour usually will not rise very high.


  2. Hi,

    I tried to bake the rye soft sourdough bread today and stumbled on a couple of things.
    1. Wonder why you need to keep the yudane for 4 hrs before using it?
    2. After 4 hrs my dough hasn’t reached the top of the loaf tin, any ideas? I can only think of the slight variance in size of the loaf tin and the fact that I used the yudane straight away as forgotten to leave it for 4hrs. Any other thoughts are appreciated.


  3. Can i replace the full cream milk with soya milk?

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for asking. Yes, you can.

      Cheers :)