Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am about to share a recipe for the tastiest low carb rye bread on the whole entire Internet. Hands down.
That’s because my low carb bread has a certain special something that makes bread, well, bread-like.
And that something is, of course, gluten. You need yeast and you need gluten to get a low carb bread that is elastic and chewy on the inside and crusty on the outside. And I know, I know, you might be thinking that psyllium husk bread is like that. But once you’ve had a slice of my low carb rye bread, you will never go back.
But maybe the best reason to make low carb rye bread is this: real Reuben sandwiches will soon be within your reach.
So let’s get cracking! To make this recipe you’ll need the basic ingredients of water, salt, ground ginger, baking powder and yeast. But you’ll also need some specialty ingredients like almond flour, vital wheat gluten, erythritol sweetener and dark rye flour. Oh, and caraway seeds. You can’t have a real loaf of rye bread without caraway seeds.
Now, this low carb yeast bread is slightly higher in carbohydrates than my other yeast breads.
This rye bread has 7g net carbs per slice while my Farmer’s Bread and Ciabatta Rolls have 5g net carbs. It’s just the difference between using real dark rye flour instead of flaxseed meal. It’s a trade off, I know, but can you really make a self respecting rye bread without a little rye flour? I think not.
Ok, one more thing and then I’m done.
Please pay close attention when you are proofing the yeast. (That’s when you combine warm water, sweetener and yeast in a bowl and wait for it to ferment and become frothy.) If the yeast fails this test then it’s dead and the bread won’t rise and everyone will be unhappy. So please take care.
We have the Reuben sandwiches to think of. (Toot toot!)Print
Real Low Carb Rye Bread
If you are looking for the best low carb yeast bread on all of the Internet then look no further. This low carb version of traditional rye bread will knock your socks off. And each slice has just 7g net carbs.
- Prep Time: 80
- Cook Time: 45
- Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 slices 1x
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
2 1/4 cups warm (like bath water) water, divided
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons sugar*
2 envelopes (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups vital wheat gluten
2 cups super fine almond flour
1/4 cup dark rye flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1/2 tablespoon melted butter to brush over the top of the dough.
1. Liberally grease an 8, 9 or 10 inch wide glass or metal bowl with butter. Use the most rounded bowl that you have.
2. Mix together 1/2 cup warm water, sugar, ginger and yeast in a large bowl and cover the bowl with a towel. After 7-10 minutes the mixture should be frothy with small bubbles. If it is not frothy, then the yeast has died and you need to start over with new yeast.
3. Sift together remaining dry ingredients except the caraway seeds.
4. Mix together the frothy yeast mixture, 6 tablespoons melted butter and remaining 1 3/4 cup warm water.
5. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Mix in caraway seeds.
6. The dough should be sticky and rather wet, but you should be able to knead it. But if it’s too dry to knead then add a little water and if it’s too wet to knead you can add a little more almond flour. Knead the dough for 3 minutes.
7. Form the dough into a ball and place it in the greased bowl.
8. Preheat the oven for 2-3 minutes until it reaches 100-110 degrees. Cover the bowl with a towel and place the bowl of dough in the oven to rise for 1 hour. It will not rise very much at all. That’s ok because it will rise when you bake it. Remove the bowl from the oven. Brush the top of the dough with 1/2 tablespoon melted butter.
9. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 35-45 minutes. Loosely cover the bread with a piece of foil at minute 20 to keep the bread from browning too much. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 200 – 210 degrees F and a wooden skewer in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
10. Cool in the bowl for 10 minutes. Then place a large cutting board on top of the bowl. Invert the bowl to release the loaf from the bowl.
11. Wait until fully cooled before cutting.
*The sugar is converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide in the fermentation (proofing) process, so the carbohydrate is cancelled out.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 268
- Fat: 16
- Carbohydrates: 11
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 21
Keywords: Low Carb Rye Bread, Real Low Carb Bread, Low Carb Yeast Bread
If you liked this low carb yeast bread recipe, then you might like my recipes for Soft Bread Sticks, Rustic Italian Loaf or Ciabatta Rolls.
I’ve included links in this post for the specialty products that I used. The best prices I’ve found are from Thrive Market which is like the Costco of health food. After you pay a $60 membership fee, you’ll be able to order low carb products at a discount of 25-50%. So the links in the recipe ingredients are links to the less expensive Thrive Market products. But I’ve also included Amazon links below to use if you don’t have a Thrive Market membership. Both kinds of links are affiliate links, so I’ll receive a commission if you buy something. Which is, honestly, a pretty sweet deal.3