By Dee514 on April 06, 2003
"This is a "tried & true" recipe for Russian Black Bread that I've had for years. I have no idea where I got it from, perhaps the back of the rye flour bag or yeast envelope. Prep time includes rising times. January 2009: Recently while going through a box of old cookbooks (stored in my attic), I came across the original copy of this recipe. It is from a 1945 newspaper advertisement for the National Biscuit Company's (aka "Nabisco" ) 100% Bran Cereal. (BTW, Instant coffee has been commercially marketed in the USA since 1910.)"
Serving Size: 1 (1900 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I followed this recipe and found that it doesn't rise like white or wheat bread does. It makes a much denser bread, so it won't rise as much. The family loved it and ate the whole loaf at Christmas. We will make it again."
"Great flavor but mine didn't raise properly. Will add gluten next time. Made 1 loaf"
"Wonderful bread, so worth the effort. Froze one of the loaves and look forward to using it for sandwiches. Thanks for posting."
"Fantastic!! Flavorful, thick, and chewy without being overly dense. It's perfect. Warm out of the oven, toasted with butter, or a killer sandwich, it's all good."
"Really super, thanx. One of my best breads (so far)"
"came out just perfect! I suspect there are infinite varieties of tinkering that can be done with this recipe. I used cumin seeds in place of the fennel (I was out). Using two kinds of seeds (whatever they are) gives it terrific flavor dimensions."
"This has got to be great. It's from Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book on Breads. I was confused by his ingredient listed as 'bran cereal' but this recipe specifies AllBran. Thanks for clearing that up for me!!"
"A little bit of work, but worth it. I got lots of raves for this recipe!!!"
" I looked all over the net for an authentic, as close to the real thing as possible, Russian Black Bread recipe. I was amazed at how many recipes use only food coloring and call it Russian black bread. Yuck. This recipe was FANTASTIC!! And made from scratch with the real ingredients! Thank you so much for posting this!! Tastes just like what I remember."
"I'm not much of a baker so this was a lot of work, but the best I've ever eaten."