Serbian Pumpernickel Bread

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 45 mins

I got this recipe from a friend of my mom's-it's a recipe passed down for many generations. If you like dark bread, you will love this! It's addictive!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine boiling water, chocolate, vinegar, molasses, caraway seeds and coffee in a large bowl till chocolate melts; cool to 105-110 degrees F.
  2. Dissolve yeast in the warm water; let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Add to chocolate mixture and add sugar and salt.
  4. Mix in rye flour and bran, kneading well.
  5. Knead in white flour (I use a kitchenaid).
  6. Grease the bread, cover and let rise until doubled.
  7. Form into 2 round loaves; let rise again till double.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; brush with egg white and sprinkle with salt.
  9. Bake another 20 minutes until loaves sound hollow.


Most Helpful

This made two beautiful loaves of bread. This was a different experience for us since neither of us have ever had Pumpernickel bread and didn't really know what to expect. Found it to have a very bold taste with the rye and caraway seeds dominating the flavors. I could not find the dark rye flour so my bread didn't turn out as dark as it probably should have. Made pumpernickel croutons for recipe #97936 Thanks Kaarin for sharing. :)

~Nimz~ November 14, 2009

My daughter was looking for a pumpernickel bread recipe to taste as great as the one she craved from her bakery. When we tried this one she knew we had found it! All her friends and family from kids on up raved and became addicted to it just like its author had bragged ! A true find!

linda s. April 25, 2009

This is loaded with flavor! Great dark bread! I did put in loaf pans instead of making round loaves. I also couldn't find wheat bran (still looking), so I crushed up some wheat bran flakes in blender. It worked great!

SweetsLady September 07, 2007

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