Total Time
2hrs 35mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 35 mins

This is a good old-fashioned pumpernickel bread recipe from my German Cooking cookbook. No bread machine here. Get your hands in there and knead! The aroma of the bread while baking and then the taste of the finished bread will be worth it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit in a warm place until the yeast mixture turns bubbly (about 5-10 min.).
  2. In a large mixing bowl (I use my Kitchenaid stand mixer with a dough hook), combine remaining 1 cup water, molasses, salt, shortening, caraway seeds and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth.
  3. Slowly beat rye flour into the yeast and molasses mixture. Mix in the all-purpose flour and mix until it is a soft, smooth dough ball.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. If dough is too moist, add a little more flour. If dough is too dry add a little more water.
  5. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  6. Lightly grease (or spray with cooking spray) a large bowl. Add the dough, turning once to coat the entire surface of dough with oil. Cover dough with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
  7. Punch down dough. Separate dough into 2 equal parts. Form 2 round, slightly flattened loaves. Score a 3/4 inch deep 'X" into the tops of both loaves with a sharp knife.
  8. Grease (or spray) a large baking sheet; sprinkle with cornmeal. Put the loaves on top and then cover with a clean cloth and let rise until doubled - about an hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degress F. Bake 30-35 minutes or until crusts are dark brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped.
  10. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a rack before slicing.
Most Helpful

Looking 'forever' for the perfect pumpernickel bread recipe and, eureka, I've found it! Totally authentic, hearty pumpernickel and easy to make. Thank you for sharing. It's a 'keeper.'

Hudakore September 24, 2012

I discovered that I'm just not a fan of pumpernickel bread. However my DH loves dark breads so I gave it to him to enjoy. The 4 stars are because of his enjoyment of the bread. Nothing to say against the chef. She has a lot of wonderful recipes and this one is part of the many good ones. If you like pumpernickel bread...then you should indeed make this one. Made for PAC Spring 2012.

CarrolJ April 19, 2012

Nice flavor. I cut the recipe in half and it turned out great, one loaf. made for shady ladies team, ZWT7. Yummmmm

BakinBaby June 17, 2011