The addition of cocoa powder in the darker dough gives this bread its striking two-toned appearance and an earthier, deeper flavor than regular rye. The soft, supple doughs are easy to work with and require little to no bench flour when kneading and forming.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2017


Credit: Marcus Nilsson

Recipe Summary

35 mins
4 hrs 45 mins
Makes one 13-inch oblong loaf


Light Rye
Dark Rye


Instructions Checklist
  • Light Rye:

    Combine water and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in molasses and salt until dissolved. Add both flours, caraway seeds, and oil, stirring until a ragged dough forms. (Dough should be soft and tacky but not sticky -- add more bread flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if dough is too wet; or water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if too dry.) Transfer to a clean work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl brushed with oil, turning dough to evenly coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in volume, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Dark Rye:

    Repeat process for light rye, adding cocoa powder to yeast mixture along with flours.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Punch down doughs and transfer to a clean work surface. Roll out each to an approximately 10-by-15-inch rectangle. Place darker dough on top of lighter dough. Starting at one short end, roll up doughs into a log. Pinch ends and seam together to seal. Gently roll back and forth with palms, applying more pressure toward edges, to shape into an approximately 13-inch-long torpedo (an Italian-baguette shape). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, seam-side down. Loosely cover and let rise until doubled in volume, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Using the tip of a sharp knife, make three 1/2-inch-deep diagonal slashes evenly across top of dough. Whisk egg white with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Brush dough with egg wash; sprinkle generously with caraway seeds.

  • Transfer dough on sheet to oven. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake until puffed and golden brown, and a thermometer inserted in center registers 200 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack before slicing and serving.