This Rustic Rye Bread might not be the prettiest loaf, but it’s definitely tasty. Made with a mixture of rye and white bread flour, it’s light and hearty with a malty flavor. Get in there and make some bread.
Did you watch the Super Bowl Halftime Show? No surprise, I didn’t see it, but I did see all the photos and memes on Instagram for the few days afterwards. People couldn’t stop talking about how great Jennifer Lopez look at 50. People were not wrong. She is super hot and still an amazing dancer. It almost set off my envy alarm.
But then I remembered that J-Lo has a lot of resources available to help her look that amazing. Somebody to style her perfect, expensive hair extensions. A team of makeup artists. Not to mention a personal trainer, a personal chef, and probably a physical therapist who comes to her house where she might have her own gym. At 41, I have nowhere near the range of motion or the glowing skin (or extraordinary spray tan artist) that J-Lo has. And for once, I’m cool with that.
I am imperfect. I think that’s fine. That hasn’t always been the case. I will never be Jennifer Lopez, and she will never be me. Or you. And we’re all fine.
You know what else is imperfect? This Rustic Rye Bread. Mine turned out totally wonky because I’m still learning how to work with bread dough and my shaping skills are crap. Yours might be better than mine. It doesn’t matter. This bread tastes so good, you should make it no matter what.
I loved the flavor of this bread so much, that I really wanted to share it with you. I could have made it over and over until I got it perfect, but I think we need to embrace imperfection and focus on what really matters. This bread tastes great. That’s all that matters.
You and your bread making skills are great just the way they are, and this Rustic Rye Bread is going to make your life extra awesome.
Recipe adapted from How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson.
Falling in love with bread making? Try this awesome Potato Bread recipe next.