Who knew Rye and Chocolate could taste so good?

When we think of rye, we usually think of the earthy goodness of a yummy loaf of bread.  However, rye’s complex flavor profile does not only make bread delicious,  it can be used to transform your cookies, pastries, and yes, even brownies.   This rich and fragrant grain has a sweet, tangy flavor that pairs extremely well chocolate.  Bread can be quite intimidating for some, so perhaps your introduction to baking with rye flour should be these delicious Rye Chocolate Brownies!


2/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for the pan
10 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60-70% cocoa), broken into pieces
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups Swany White rye flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unrefined sugar, like coconut sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 medium eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts ore pecans, optional
1 1/4 teaspoons flaky salt for sprinkling on top


1.) Preheat the oven to 355 F.

2.) Prepare and 9×13-inch baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper.

3.) Using a double boiler or a  heat safe bowl, melt the butter and the chocolate together over a pan of water that’s been brought to a boil and then removed  from heat. Keep stirring occasionally as it melts, and let rest.

4.) In a separate bowl, mix cocoa, rye flour, baking powder and kosher salt.

5.) In another bowl, or the  bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the sugars, eggs and vanilla until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.

6.) Once you have achieved the proper texture of the sugar and egg mixture, slowly add the melted chooolate.

7.) Immediately after mixing in chocolate, add the dry ingredients, mixing  just enough to combine.

8.) If you are adding nuts, fold them in now.

9.) Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon or so of big, flaky salt.

10.) Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies are set but with a slight wobble and sprinkle with remaining bit of flaky salt.

11.) Let brownies cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.