Polish Bread

The Dough: 
Bread Flour
Rye sourdough starter 100% hydration

Hi everybody. "Polish Bread" is very popular in my country. It is very tasty and long lasting freshness.

  1. Mix all expect salt.
  2. 20 min. autolyze.
  3. Add salt and knead the dough. 
  4. Fold the dough into a loaf.
  5. Leave covered for about 4h.
  6. Bake 60 min.

240 C - 10 min. (with water, I use some ice cubes)

210 C - 10 min

190 C - 40 min.


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janisem 2012 October 24

I tried this recipe and it turned out really well, giving it another go halving the rye in my starter for a whiter loaf.....thanks 


Seaniz 2012 October 25

The crumb looks wonderful ... Tell me ... Those of you who did this recipe ... Did you use an oven stone or some sort of Dutch oven or just place it on a cookie sheet?


When I first tried a pan - free sourdough there was little or no oven spring and the outside was good and chewy but the inside was under cooked as it collapsed on itself. 


I had 2 bad free form loaves like that in a row and I've stuck to loaf pans ever since (looking into acquiring a stone).

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farinam 2012 October 26

Hello Seaniz,

I think a stone helps in that it reduces the temperature drop when the oven door is opened and there is a good source of heat straight to the base of the loaf.  However there should be no reason why you shouldn't be able to make perfectly acceptable free-form loaves on a baking tray.

Dough development and shaping play a part in getting a nice loaf but from the sounds of what you have said, it might be that your dough has been overproved.  Perhaps if you can give more detail of your method, timing and temperatures we might be able to form a better opinion.

Keep on bakin'


Seaniz 2012 November 15

Thanks for your reply Farinam! 


I did get a stone but I don't think it was my main problem. I wasn't using a scale and didnt have enough experience to know if my dough was too wet or dry ... Etc.


I've been making lots of free-form loaves lately and having plenty of successful and unsuccessful loaves but mostly the former.

Sonofabaker 2013 September 12
I didn't have a rye starter, so I used a plain old white wheat flour starter. It didn't rise as much as I'd have liked so it's quite dense, but I think that was my fault for not being patient enough with it. The crust is tough and chewy (like it should be) and the flavor is so fantastically, simply, sourdough! 4 out of 5! Definitely doing this one again, perhaps I can get my hands on some rye? we'll see...John

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