Rye bread in the UK suffers from a reputation of being the stodgier, more sour cousin of wheat. A healthier option, but not necessarily a tastier one.
However, this is not true. At least, it is not true of our rye bread, which is full of flavour and character.
With a pleasant, mellow sweet-sour profile and a texture that just melts in your mouth, our rye breads are pure indulgence.
In fact, we are proud to say that our rye bread has won more stars at the Great Taste Awards in the last 9 years than any other bakery’s bread in the UK. We feel this is an amazing achievement, not just for us, but for rye bread!
Rye bread comes in all different ways, and there is so much to choose from. How about a simple light rye sourdoughs made of just rye, water and salt or richer rye breads with seeds, grains, nuts and even fruit. There is something to please every taste bud!
The health benefits of rye bread
Rye is considered to be one of the world's healthiest grains. Here is why...
Healthy gut and digestion
A diet rich in wholegrain rye contributes towards a healthy gut, as it has one of the highest fiber concentrations among the common grains – 15 percent versus 3 percent in refined wheat. This is because fiber is a prebiotic – it feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut. And a healthy gut not only helps digestion, it has been associated with a lower incidence of cancer, heart disease, asthma, depression, IBS, Parkinsons and many allergies... In addition, fiber is also known to directly aid healthy digestion.
Natural alternative for people with a mild gluten intolerance
Compared to wheat, rye flour contains a much weaker form of gluten, and less of it, making it a viable option for those with a mild gluten intolerance. In fact, some of our customers sensitive to gluten claim that they can eat our rye breads without experiencing the symptoms they associate with gluten.
Helps fight Type 2 diabetes
Rye can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and is also a more suitable choice for diabetics as it causes a lower insulin response and lower spikes in blood glucose than wheat. This is due to the higher fiber content, bioactive components and the physical structure of rye.
Lower risk of certain cancers
Rye consumption has been associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. These are likely due to rye’s high concentration of lignans and wholegrain rye’s effects on digestion and gut health due to its high fiber content.
Helps manage weight
Wholegrain rye is really filling. It has 5x more fiber than refined wheat, which means it gives you a slow energy release (unlike the spike and crash in blood sugar levels that’s common with refined wheat), reducing the urge to snack. In fact, wholegrain rye consumption has been found to aid weight loss and is recommended by nutritionists.
Rye bread is great for breakfast as being high in fibre it is sure to keep the hunger pangs at bay till lunch. It goes beautifully with eggs, avocado, bacon or simply toasted and spread with a little butter. We also love it with peanut butter, topped with fresh fruit or berries.
For lunch try it with smoked salmon and cream cheese or as a base to a Plaughman’s sandwich. The nutty flavour and the chewier texture also make it a great accompaniment to a warming bowl of soup or a salad.
How to keep rye bread
We recommend storing your bread in a paper bag or in a clean linen towel in a dry cool place away from direct sunlight. Most light rye breads will keep for 2-3 days if stored properly, heavier ryes will keep for longer – up to 6 days. Rye breads also freezes well.
With stale rye bread you can make a delicious snack – rye fries. Just simply cut the slices up in long finger-like shapes, fry them in oil and then sprinkle them with salt and crushed garlic. You can also add grated cheese, your favourite spices or herbs to make it even more delicious! This is the most popular and famous snack for beer in the Baltics!