1 pkg dry yeast
1 1/2 cp warm water
2 cp medium rye flour
1 TBSP caraway seed

1 pkg dry yeast
1 cp warm water
1/4 cp molasses
TBSP caraway seed
1 egg, room temperature
1 TBSP salt
1 cp rye flour
5 cp flour
3 TBSP shortening

1 egg
1 TBSP milk
1 TBSP caraway seed

Make the sponge in a large bowl by dissolving yeast in water. Stir in rye flour. Add caraway seeds. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let he sponge set six hours to 3 days (the longer the better). On baking day, uncover the sponge bowl, sprinkle on the new yeast & water. Blend well. Add molasses, caraway seed, egg, salt rye flour & 2cp white flour. Beat until smooth. Add shortening. Stir in rest of the flour, 1/2cp at a time.

Knead about 5 minutes. Grease fingers to keep dough from sticking. Return dough to bowl, pat with shortening & cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down & let rise ten more minutes. Divide dough into three portions. Shape into long loaves. Place on a cookie sheet. Cover with wax paper supported by glasses so that paper does not touch dough. Let rise until doubled.

Slash 3 or 4 diagnoal cuts on each loaf. Mix egg & milk for glaze. Brush tops with mixture and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.
Susan Karpen 1981 2nd place Milwaukee State Fair.
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