Good recipe. I tried it, because my wife is Russian, and we both love black bread. It didn't really taste the same to us, but the taste is at least as good. I would call this a pumpernickel. I modified it a little and by now have made ten loaves at least.
As written, this dough was too wet for my machine. I'm recommending 1.25 cups of water instead of 1.5. (Also, I live at 6300 feet -- or 1920 meters-- above sea level, and half a teaspoon of active dry yeast up here is plenty. More yeast creates a giant bubble atop the loaf that subsequently implodes into a bowl shape.)
I use 1.5 tsp of salt instead of 1, and I add a quarter teaspoon of dill seed as well. Both changes improve the taste, I think. Substituting molasses for dark corn syrup works fine, as does butter for margarine, but neither of these latter two substitutions particularly improves the flavor.
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Good recipe. I tried it, because my wife is Russian, and we both love black bread. It didn't...