29 Reviews

First of all I omited the coffee because we don't drink it and never have it on hand. I prepared the dough in my bread machine and divided it among four lightly greased mini loaf pans. It rose uncovered in my oven on the warm setting for 30 minutes. I turned the heat up to 350 F and set the timer for 30 minutes, then forgot about it until the timer rang. I turned it out onto a wire rack and brushed the tops with real butter. WOW! Great bread! Aromatic, flavorful, full bodied, small crumb texture...firm, yet lighter than expected. I can't wait to make this for my German mother-in-law who is a bread snob of the worst kind, as most European's are (and for good reason). I've taken a picture to share. You'll know it's mine by my Blue Willow China in the background and the cranberry garnish. This bread recipe will go into the official family cookbook for sure. After my little photo shoot I enjoyed a couple slices with a cream cheese but my boys, 3 and 4 yrs old finished off one of the loaves plain. Tonight we're having leftover Roast Sticky Chicken, fresh fruit and herb tea for dinner. This bread with butter, slices of honey cured ham, and good havarti cheese will be a perfect compliment. Thanks! :o)

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C Chatwin March 12, 2001

I made this bread with a little milk (instead of dry milk) and a little coffee (instead of instant). Also, I made it using my mixer with dough hook instead of a bread machine. It worked very well. Best pumpernickel I have tasted!

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Rena Reeve January 24, 2001

Absolutely the best Pumpernicklel bread I,ve tasted! Bread lasted only a few hours!! (and it was quite a large loaf!!! Beautiful with sliced Gruyere cheese, ham, mustard and sliced tomato! Or just with cottage cheese or even just buttered. I'm about to make my second loaf!!! Also, this bread is good for the constitution!

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Karin... March 02, 2002

YUM! I don't have a bread machine, so I proofed the yeast with some of the water, mixed all the dry ingredients together, then added the wet and kneaded for 8 minutes. (I didn't have any rye flour either, so I put in half a cup of AP flour and whole wheat each to make up for it.) The caraway seeds are great and strong, but if you just want them as a background note, put in only 1 tsp. I made 12 dinner rolls out of this recipe: Let the whole thing of dough rise for an hour, the punch it down and form 12 palm sized balls. Put them on a baking sheet or in muffin tins and let them rise for another 30 minutes, brush with butter, then bake in a 375 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. Thanks for the recipe!! UPDATE: This bread freezes very well, too!

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Yummy InMyTummy April 22, 2008

Excellent recipe! I made this twice using a breadmaker and this recipe is definitely a keeper. I didn't have any instant and/or decaf coffee on hand so I used 1 cups of water and 1/4 cup of brewed coffee instead of the 1 1/4 cups of water. I have not had bread this good since I've lived in Europe. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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alinasls January 09, 2008

Excellent recipe. I added strong brewed coffee in place of the water and omitted the instant coffee powder. Used the bread machine dough cycle and baked in 3 mini loaf pans. There are a lot of ingredients to gather, but it's worth it.

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San Marcos Sunshine September 11, 2005

I love using my bread machine and this is my first time making pumpernickel. I followed the recipe, except I used white whole wheat flour instead of white flour and I used regular coffee. I added a few tablespoons of gluten to make up for the flour difference and just a little extra water. It turned out so good that I'm making it for a 2nd time. Delicious flavor, nice consistency and you could eat it with almost anything. My BF and I have really enjoyed it.

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SugarPlum336 August 17, 2015

I followed the recipe and the bread had the wrong texture. It was more like pound cake than bread. So disappointed. I will try again because this was a total failure!

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Beth C. January 29, 2015

Great bread. Mine took a long time to raise but has excellent flavor. Baked at 350 deg. for 30 min. Served with potato keilbasa soup.

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