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This Keto Rustic Bread comes incredibly close, both in looks and texture, to traditional artisan bread. It is chewy, has a thick crust, and tastes like rustic whole-wheat bread! With just a few ingredients, you can make it in no time!
Note: This recipe was originally published May 20, 2021 and modified June 2, 2023.
Before I started eating low-carb, I loved making and eating bread (I am German after all). I even went as far as baking and selling sourdough bread at my local farmer’s market. So, if there is one thing I missed after going keto, it was a rustic slice of bread with some butter and cheese.
I tried different recipes, but they were either too eggy and soft, or just too crumbly. I was looking for sturdy bread that would not fall apart and carried that “dark” flavor of whole wheat and rye. This keto bread is IT! It is chewy, has a thick crust, and can hold its share of butter and cheese (or anything else your heart desires). Serve it with my herb butter and you won’t even know that it is wheat-free!
Is this bread really keto-friendly?
This bread truly works for a low-carb lifestyle! Each slice has only 3 grams of net carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and only 1 g of sugar. I can make 16 slices with one loaf, but depending on how you shape your bread and how thin you slice it, you slice it into even more pieces than that.
Since we don’t use any wheat or rye flour for our rustic bread, it doesn’t contain all of the carbohydrates or gluten that you are used to from other breads. So enjoy a slice without any guilt!
More keto-friendly bread recipes!
I love coming up with bread recipes that are gluten-free, grain-free, and low-carb. There are so many different ways to add a variety of flavors and textures to keto bread, it’s pretty amazing. Check out these keto-friendly breads:
- Nut and Seed Bread
- Carnivore Flatbread
- Air Fryer Keto Bread
- Zucchini Yogurt Bread
- Soft Hamburger Buns
Watch the recipe video here!
Tips for making Keto Rustic Bread!
Ingredients. Buy whole (full-fat) ricotta cheese (if possible). Ricotta is the star of the show and is what gives this bread its chewiness. Soften your cream cheese and use eggs at room temperature for a smooth dough. Psyllium husk powder gives keto bread a chewy crust. I use the NOW brand.
Shaping. Before you shape the dough, make sure to let it rest for 5 minutes. This will help absorb some of the moisture. To shape, wet your hands, this will prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers. I like to cut 3 diagonal lines on top and pull each one a little bit open. This will make the bread look like it is done by a professional (or maybe semi-professional).
Flavors. To enhance the flavor of the bread, you can add herbs and spices to it. Add thyme and oregano for an Italian feel, or caraway seed to enhance the rustic flavor.
Serving. My favorite way to eat rustic bread is with herb butter (doesn’t get much more keto than that!). Other serving suggestions are cream cheese, cheese, or ham. Instead of sugary jam, you can try some keto fruit pudding.
Never miss carbs again with this keto bread!
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MORE GRAIN-FREE KETO BREAD RECIPES
Keto Rustic Bread
- 4 oz cream cheese 112 grams, softened
- ½ cup ricotta 125 grams, full-fat
- 5 eggs room temperature
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups almond flour 200 grams, blanched
- ¼ cup coconut flour 28 grams
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp psyllium husk powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast optional
- caraway seeds or other herbs/spices optional
- Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 ℃). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together cream cheese and ricotta until smooth. Add the eggs and apple cider vinegar, and whisk in well.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. The dough will still feel sticky at this point. Let rest for 5 minutes for the moisture to be absorbed.
- With wet hands shape the dough into roughly a 4"x7" loaf. Place on your prepared baking sheet and with a small knife, cut 3 diagonal lines on the top and pull each line a little bit apart (this will make the bread look artisan!)
- Bake for 1 hour. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or the center temperature has reached 201 °F. Let cool down completely and enjoy!
- Use softened cream cheese and room temperature eggs.
- To freeze, slice bread first and then freeze in freezer bag for up to 1 month. Good on the counter for up to 2 days or up to 5 days in the fridge. Best stored in a bread bag.