Jane’s Vegan Marbled Rye Bread Recipe

Jane's Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

This Community Recipe is Jane’s Vegan Marbled Rye Bread. These eye-catching loaves are made from combining two rye doughs in a spiral roll. The darker dough is colored and flavored with cocoa and the deep, almost licorice taste of molasses. With sugar added only to activate the yeast, this bread allows the subtle sweetness of the rye flour to shine through. Enjoy sliced fresh, or toasted and drizzled with honey for a sweet breakfast, snack or dessert. 

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Jane's Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

All about Jane Rubin 

Jane was born in London, UK and has traveled to many places around the world. She spent a year in Australia when she was 19. Jane moved to Canada when she was 26 and met her husband the following year. Then, they lived together in the UK for 10 years, and had two daughters there. Since 2004, they have been back in Toronto, Canada. A trained dental assistant and administrator, Jane spent many years working part time in dental offices. 

Jane's Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

Dedicated to creating in the kitchen

Jane’s favorite cuisine is Israeli/Mediterranean, and she always enjoys trying out new dishes. Although Jane is not vegan, she often makes vegan dishes and is always looking for something new and inspiring to make. Take a look at Jane’s Instagram account to see some more of her kitchen creations!

Jane's Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

From an early age, Jane developed a love of cooking. Since her mother was always home, cooking and baking for the family, Jane often helped in the kitchen. Her mother’s amazing cooking inspired Jane to follow in her footsteps. Jane is entirely self-taught, apart from what she learned from her Mum! Baking bread is Jane’s absolute passion – anything with yeast dough. For several years, Jane has been baking challah. Now, she has perfected it with many of her own creations. When Jane is happiest, she is alone in the kitchen creating something for family and friends to enjoy!

Jane’s top three cookbooks are:

Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen: A Cookbook

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More

Simply Heart Smart Cooking

What is rye bread?

Rye bread is made from rye flour, rather than the usual wheat flour. Made from the grains from rye grass or whole rye berries, rye flour contains more fiber and more bran than regular flour. This also means it is usually darker and more nutritious. It is usually slightly denser and has a stronger, earthy and slightly tangy sour taste. 

Since rye flour contains less gluten than wheat flour, a combination is used if a lighter, spongier loaf is desired – just like in Jane’s Vegan Marbled Rye Bread recipe. 

Jane's Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

How was Jane’s Marbled Rye Bread recipe created?

Jane is in her happy place when she’s baking and creating. She loves rye bread and originally found a recipe on the Red Star Yeast website. Since then, Jane has added and tweaked the recipe to make it her own. You can make this recipe by hand. But if you have a stand mixer, use that to make this dough and save yourself the energy! 

This recipe is perfect served anytime, for a meal or snack. Try it toasted with toppings you enjoy and a cup of lemon tea. It has the natural sweet rye flavor we all love.

Key Ingredients

Rye flour


Cocoa Powder

Caraway Seeds

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Jane's Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

Vegan Marbled Rye Bread

  • Author: Jane Rubin
  • Prep Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hours
  • Total Time: 51 minute
  • Yield: 2 loaves


For light rye dough:

1 cup warm water

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast + 1 tsp sugar 

35ml vegetable oil 

2 cups all purpose flour 

1 1/3 cups rye flour 

2 tbsp sugar 

1 1/2 tsp salt 

2 tsp caraway seeds 

For the dark rye dough:

3/4 cup warm water 

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast + 1 tsp sugar 

35ml vegetable oil 

1/4 cup molasses 

2 cups all purpose flour 

1 1/3 cups rye flour 

2 tbsp sugar 

1 1/2 tsp salt 

2 tbsp cocoa powder 

2 tsp caraway seeds


  1. Make the light rye dough first. Warm the water to approximately 110 F (43 C). Add 1 tsp sugar and the yeast and set aside to allow to the yeast to bloom.

  2. In a large bowl (or stand mixer if you have one) combine the flours, salt, sugar and seeds. Add in oil and slowly add the yeast/water mixture while mixing. Keep mixing until the dough is well combined, smooth and firm. 

  3. Turn the dough out of the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic – about 5 mins. 

  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth or tea towel. Set aside until doubled in size – 60-90 mins depending on how warm your kitchen is.

  5. Repeat the process to make the dark rye dough, adding cocoa powder and molasses to the flour mix.

  6. When both doughs have risen and are ready to shape, divide each rye dough in half – use a scale if you want them to be very even. Roll each piece of dough out, until you have 4 rectangles approximately 12 x 8 inch in size.

  7. For a finished loaf with a Dark Rye crust, place a light rye rectangle on top of a dark rye rectangle. For a Light Rye crust, place dark rye on top of light. Starting from the shorter side, roll up tightly.

  8. Place each loaf in a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or on parchment on a baking sheet. Cover with damp cloth and leave to rise again, until doubled in size. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 F for approximately 30-35 mins. Turn the pans halfway through to ensure even baking. The loaves are done when the internal temperature probe reaches 185 degrees C.

  9. Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack. Don’t be tempted to slice before it is completely cool!

  10. Enjoy straight away, or store in a cool dry place or in the freezer.

Keywords: rye bread, vegan rye loaf, marbled, homemade bread

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