Rye: a fickle mistress! Not only because it hardly contains any gluten, but also because of its complex flavor.. I have never had a great relationship with rye. I remember that, when I was younger, my father would eat typical Frisian rye bread, think immensely dense loaves that are sticky to beat. I would try a bit every now and then and without exception, I would be heavily disappointed. Recently, though, I have re-discovered rye and allowed myself to create some positive rye memories to build on. Rye Swedish crispbread is absolutely delicious! Or any rye cracker for that matter. I have now found the a perfect rye and wheat bun recipe: mixing the two results in an amazing flavor and (I was quite surprised by this) a fluffy, soft bun. Have a go at it yourself and tell me what you think!
These buns go great with some (raspberry) jam, but do try other combinations as well such as cream cheese with dill! Very Swedish..
Multi Seed Rye-Wheat Buns Recipe
Tools: baking tray, pastry brush
255 grams strong white bread flour
140 grams finely milled rye flour
8 grams salt
8 grams yeast
330 grams full-fat milk, lukewarm
45 grams light syrup or honey
20 grams sunflower oil + extra for greasing bowl
seed mix for topping (for example sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame)
1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flours. Add salt on one side of the bowl, yeast on the other, then mix it into the flour mixture with a whisk. Add the syrup and sunflower oil. Start kneading with the dough hook, slowly add milk and knead for about 5 minutes on low-medium speed (speed 2 on a Kitchenaid mixer). The dough will stay somewhat sticky. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with clingfilm or a damp tea towel and leave to proof for about 50-60 minutes or until doubled in size.
2. Preheat the oven to 250C/480F.
3. Once proofed, turn dough out onto a lightly floured working surface. Cut into 8 even pieces, about 95-100 grams a piece. Shape each piece into a bun by gathering the edges of the dough to the centre to make a ball. Turn the ball upside down, cup your hand over the dough and with gentle pressure, roll the ball of dough around and around until it forms a smooth ball. Place buns on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, a silpat mat or greased with butter. Brush the top of the buns with water, then sprinkle your seed mix on top. Leave to proof underneath a damp tea towel for 30 minutes.
4. Place in the oven, then immediately set the oven temperature back to 225C/440F. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.