Bread Spices

Bread spice blends are used to flavor the dark rye breads of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The spices are not only delicious but aid in digestion. This is a basic spice mixture, which you can also adapt by adding small amounts of allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, or cardamom.
Course Bread
Keyword Bread spices, Spice mixture


  • 2-1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp anise seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds


  • Grind everything together in a spice grinder or a clean coffee grinder till finely ground.
  • You can also usea mortar and pestle to crush the spices, yielding a coarser blend, or just the spices whole.
  • Use about 1 tbsp spice mixture per pound of flour.
  • More finely ground spices flavor the bread with more subtlety.