In the Slavic countries of Eastern Europe, breads of all kinds enjoy an exalted position in the cuisine, but none so much as rye bread. There are hundreds of variations on one type -- light rye, pumpernickel, dark rye, black bread -- depending on the village one is raised in, let alone the country! Homemade breads stale easily because they contain no preservatives. So if you find yourself with rye bread leftovers, these recipes are the perfect solution. On the other hand, if you simply love the... flavor of rye, you can start with fresh bread specifically made or purchased for these recipes.
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Rye Bread Torte Recipe
Rye bread in a dessert? Oh, ye of little faith. Rye bread torte is common throughout Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, as well as throughout the world. It's a way for frugal cooks to use up less-than-fresh rye bread. Some recipes use the bread crumbs as is, and others use them to create a sponge cake as I have done in this recipe.