An Introduction to Swedish Rye Bread: A Traditional Recipe

It’s time to add something special to your dinner table! Today, we’ll be delving into a traditional Swedish recipe – rye bread. This iconic dish has been part of Swedish cuisine for centuries and holds cultural significance as a staple food. It’s also nutritious, delicious, and easy to make at home.


– 2 packages active dry yeast
– 4 cups lukewarm water
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 4 tablespoons olive oil
– 8 cups stone-ground rye flour


1. Dissolve the yeast in 2 cups of the lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes.

2. Add the honey, salt, olive oil, and the remaining 2 cups of water.

3. Gradually stir in the rye flour and knead the dough until it is soft and elastic.

4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise until double in size.

5. Preheat your oven to 425˚F.

6. Punch down the dough, shape it into 3 equal-sized round loaves and place them on a parchment-lined baking tray.

7. Bake the rye bread in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.

8. Cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Swedish rye bread is delicious served with a variety of savory dishes (gravadlax, herring, salmon). It’s also a great side for cheeses and cold cuts, or even topped with honey and butter for a sweet treat. There’s truly no limit to how you can customize it.

Swedish rye bread is an easy-to-make dish that not only brings a unique aspect to your dinner plate, but also allows you to embrace the rich culinary traditions of Swedish culture. Enjoy!