By Edu Costa − On Friday, May 5, 2023, 7 months ago in Bread Recipes
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Paula's Crusty Portuguese Rye Bread Recipe

Paula's Crusty Portuguese Rye Bread Recipe

Portuguese rye bread, also known as Pão de Centeio, is a traditional bread that is popular in Portugal and other countries with Portuguese-speaking communities. This bread is made with a combination of rye flour and bread flour, which gives it a distinct texture and flavor.

Preparation time 20 min
Cooking Time 40 min
Ready In3 h 30 min
Level of DifficultyEasy

Traditionally, Portuguese rye bread is baked in wood-fired ovens, which give it a crispy crust and a soft, tender interior. The bread is often served with butter or cheese and is a staple in many Portuguese households.

Portuguese rye bread can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, such as in sandwiches, toasted with jam or honey, or simply as a side with soups or stews. It's a delicious and versatile bread that is sure to be a hit with bread lovers everywhere!


2 cups rye flour2 cups bread flour1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon instant dry yeast1 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups rye flour2 cups bread flour1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon instant dry yeast1 1/2 cups warm water
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  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rye flour, bread flour, salt, and yeast and mix well.
  2. Slowly add the warm water, mixing until the dough comes together. You may need toadd a little more water or flour, depending on the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.
  3. After 5 to 10 minutes of kneading on a floured surface, the dough ought to be elastic and smooth.
  4. The dough should be placed in a greased bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and allowed to rise for one to two hours, or until it has doubled in size, in a warm, draft-free area.
  5. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
  6. The dough should be punched down and shaped into a round loaf.
  7. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and let it rise again for 30-45 minutes, or until it has puffed up slightly.
  8. Make a few cuts on the loaf's top using a sharp knife.
  9. The bread should be baked for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and hollow to the touch.

Recipe Credit: Paula Costa

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