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!
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This is fantastic! I followed the recipe to a T and it turned out perfectly, even though I...