Before going to the rye bread recipe, I diverted my efforts towards cinnamon rolls, French bread and a kamut boule. With grand kids in and out of my house, none of these lastest long enough to photograph.
The recipe for the rye bread called for cracked rye or rye chops. Tried the mortar and pestle route. No luck. I surmised I was strong enough, so, when hubby came into the kitchen, I put him to work. Still no luck. Got out the spice grinder, it was an improvement but looking at photos of rye chops, still not there yet.
After fussing with this for over a week, I gave up and decided to buy some rye chops. Being so close to St. Patrick's Day, most common sources were sold out. Lucky for me a business called Bakers Authority not only had some, but offered quick shipping. Yeah! Grinding up some fresh rye flour, and seeing I had all the ingredient to make this Rustic Rye bread, my mouth was watering for a reuben sandwich with some Irish Red Ale.
The bread was easy to make and ready to bake early afternoon. I saw it rise in the oven and split open which always amazes me. As soon as it was ready to come out of the oven to cool, I grabbed the camera. Family members were on their way to our abode.
Irish soda bread is a favorite of mine. I like it with whole wheat flour, buttermilk, butter as its fat, and, I have made it with an egg: all for its rustic appearance, taste and moisture. This year it was made to be a breakfast bread and has some currants.
Rarely do I need St. Patrick's Day to make a reuben sandwich or soda bread. It helps to have an excuse......