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Joululimppa (Finnish Holiday Rye Bread)

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Buttermilk
  • 1/2 c Molasses
  • 1/4 c Butter or margarine
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Fennel seeds
  • 1 ts Caraway seeds
  • 2 tb Dry yeast
  • 1/2 c Warm water
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 c Rye flakes or wheat germ
  • 2 c Dark or light rye flour
  • 3 1/2 To 4 1/2 cups uncleached
  • -white or whole wheat flour
  • Glaze:
  • 1 tb Molasses
  • 2 tb Water


Similar to Swedish rye. Can be toasted.

Heat the buttermilk, molasses, butter or margarine, salt, fennel seeds, and
caraway seeds until the butter melts. Set aside to cool.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let it stand for 5 minutes until the
yeast bubbles. ((My comment: whisk in some flour and molasses to nourish
the yeast.)) Add the yeast to the cooled buttermilk mixture along with the
grated orange rind, rye flakes or wheat germ, and rye flour. Beat well
until smooth. Add 3 to 3 1/2 cups of wheat flour, stirring in a cup at a
time, until the dough will not readily absorb more flour. The dough will be

Flour a work surface with the remaining wheat flour and turn the dough out
onto it. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15 minutes.
(The gluten in rye is more fragile than in wheat. It needs a resting time
to recuperate and reform and does not require as vigorous or lengthy a

Gently knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth. Form the dough
into a ball and place it in a large buttered bowl or pot, turning it to
coat all sides with butter. Cover it and let it rise, in a warm spot, until
doubled in size, about an hour.

Punch down the dough and gently knead it for one minute. Form the dough
into three round loaves and place in lightly buttered 9-inch cake pans or
on buttered baking sheets. Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size,
45 minutes to an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the water and molasses, brush the
tops with half of this mixture to glaze. Then lightly pierce the loaves all
over with a fork.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the bread sopunds hollow when tapped on
the bottom. While the bread is hot, brush it with the remaining glaze.
Remove the loaves from the pans and cool on racks.

Yields 3 loaves.

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