Recipe by AFLYNN6
"I have been looking and looking for a GREAT pumpernickel recipe since my bread machine broke. This is a conglomeration of a number of different recipes, tweaked until it is just right. I think I finally found the perfect loaf! Serve with honey butter."
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1 1/2 cups
1 (.25 ounce) package
active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups
bread flour, plus more for kneading
unsweetened cocoa powder
vital wheat gluten
The only thing missing might be caraway seeds and I will concede they are optional. After the first rise I felt a loaf pan would be too small so I free-formed the dough. It did spread slightly but still made a nice boule, substantial but not too dense with a nice crisp crust and moist crumb. The flavor is really good, there are notes from the molasses and cocoa but they are balanced. Thanks, this will be made often.
This tastes so much like my Mom's recipe. We increased the chocolate by 1/4 and used corn or flax oil instead of canola (rapeseed) which I can taste and don't like. But the measurements were dead on and the recipe really works well. Thanks
Very nice. I kept thinking this was a rye bread until I came back to review and realized, nope, not rye, but pumpernickel. Oh well! Shared with my coworkers, who loved it. This makes 2 loaves if you are okay with a small loaf size; I am, so 2 it is for me. If you prefer a larger loaf, though, it would work in large loaf pans or free form as previous reviewer did. Nice, basic pumpernickel loaf that was great with cheese and dijon mustard but equally delicious with just some honey. Proportions worked perfectly for me as well. Thanks for the recipe!
This is fantastic! I followed the recipe to a T and it turned out perfectly, even though I baked on a cold and rainy day. It made a very firm dough that only took about 10-12 minutes in the mixer before it tried to climb out of the bowl, so I went ahead and removed it to move onto the kneading phase. The first rise wasn't terribly impressive, so I was a bit concerned how it would turn out, but an hour in a 9x5 bread pan in a barely warm oven covered with a warm damp dishtowel did the trick. The texture is firm, but not overly dense and the flavor is very, very good. You can definitely taste the cocoa and the molasses, as another reviewer mentioned, but it's not overpowering and those flavors are balanced nicely. I don't think I'll be buying pumpernickel from the store ever again!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Best Ever Pumpernickel Loaf
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 35
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