Two Bread Recipes – Rye and Rustic Peasant

Rustic peasant and rye breads baked on September 15, 2012.

This past weekend, we began demonstrating bread recipes for the Wood Fired oven at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Most of our recipes this weekend turned out well.  We made a rustic peasant bread and a rye bread.  I usually don’t care for rye bread, but this recipe was quite tasty. 

Rye Bread Ingredients:
1 oz of dry yeast
1 and ½ cup of warm water
½ cup of molasses
6 tbsp softened butter
2 cups rye flour
¼ cup cocoa
2 tbsp caraway seed
2 tsp salt
3 and ½ cups of flour

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Beat in the molasses, butter, rye flour, cocoa, caraway seeds, salt and 2 cups all-purpose flour to form a stiff dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to greased top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each piece into a loaf, about 10 in. long. Grease two baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaves on prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Rustic peasant bread. It tasted as good as it looked. Baked September 16, 2012.

Rustic Peasant Bread
1 pkg dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 cups flour
Melted butter

Place yeast, water, sugar, and salt in bowl and stir until dissolved.

Add flour and stir until well blended. Do not knead. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour).

Remove dough from bowl and place in 2 rounds on a greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise an additional hour. Brush top on dough with melted butter and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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Alice uses cast iron pots and wooden utensils and keeps the recipes as close to the traditional recipe as possible. She even utilizes a fire pit located outside her home to test authentic recipes. For more information about Alice the Cook, visit her website at In future blogs, I will offer recipes, kitchen hints, and historical cooking lessons.
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