Rustic Country Bread with Honey Butter

Total Time:
3 hr 30 min
25 min
2 hr 30 min
35 min

2 loaves

  • Bread:
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring
  • Neutral oil, for oiling the bowl and baking sheet
  • Honey Butter:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer

  • For the bread: Heat the milk to between 110 and 115 degrees F. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.

  • Pour the milk mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook. Add the sugar, butter and salt and stir to dissolve. Add the rye flour and mix on medium until smooth. Slowly beat in the all-purpose flour. When the dough has come together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Punch down the dough and place on a lightly floured board. Divide it in 2, knead each piece a couple of times and form them into rounds. Put the rounds on an oiled baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Bake until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool.

  • For the honey butter: While the bread is baking, put the butter, honey and just a dash of salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk it together. Scrape out into a ramekin and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator about a half hour before using.

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