- 2 cups rye flour
- 1 1/2 cups room temperature beer
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 egg
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon caraway seed (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- Combine rye flour, beer, and yeast in a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set out overnight. Do not refrigerate.
- The next day, add sugar, salt, shortening, and egg; beat with mixer until smooth. Stir in caraway seeds, if wanted. Add enough white bread flour to make a soft dough.
- Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, approximately 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to oil the surface of the dough. Let rise in warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled.
- Punch down dough, and divide in half. Shape into round or oblong loaves, and place on greased baking sheets sprinkled with corn meal. Let rise for 30 minutes.
- Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool on racks.