Rye Bread Recipe With Dates

Date and rye bread

  • makes 2 loaves
  • Easy

If you love making your own bread, this recipe is for you! The dark rye flour and sweet dates are a perfect pairing and this dark loaf goes brilliantly with cheese


Make this easy rye bread, then try some of our other brilliant bread recipes, such as a simple soda breadsourdough bread and bread rolls.



  • clear honey 1 tbsp
  • dried active yeast 2 tsp
  • dark rye flour 100g
  • strong bread flour 300g
  • wholemeal flour 100g
  • ready-to-eat dates 150g, chopped


  • Step 1

    Whisk 350ml hand-hot water with the honey until it dissolves, then whisk in the dried active yeast. Leave for 10-15 minutes until the liquid has a froth on top.

  • Step 2

    Put the flours and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl and mix. Pour in the yeasty liquid and mix in the flour until you have a sticky dough.

  • Step 3

    Tip onto a floured work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough feels smooth and a finger indent pops out quickly. Put into a clean, oiled bowl then cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for an hour, or until it doubles in size.

  • Step 4

    Tip the risen dough onto a floured surface, then knead briefly to knock the air out. Sprinkle over the chopped dates and knead them into the dough.

  • Step 5

    Divide the dough in two, then shape each into a tight round ball and put them on a floured baking sheet. Slash the top of each a couple of times with a sharp serrated knife.

  • Step 6

    Leave for an hour to prove again. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Bake the loaves for 30 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 139
  • Fat 0.6g
  • Saturates 0.1g
  • Carbs 26.9g
  • Fibre 3.2g
  • Protein 4.8g
  • Salt 0.3g