This bread always takes me back to my childhood.
It is my mom’s favorite bread. At some point I have learned to like it as well.
I have not eaten it for too long, that’s why I had finally decided to make my own.
Being honest with you it is not the real deal. It is not the dense, bitter-sweet pumpernickel I had eaten growing up. It is dense, don’t get me wrong, and it is bitter, but in a different way.
Mine was made in a bread machine from the start to the end what took 3 h and 20 min.
To bake the “real pumpernickel”, from what I know, takes from 20 to 24 hours, and it doesn’t need coffee or cocoa powder.
1 1/3 strong brewed coffee, room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (I used turbinado)
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
2 cups bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
Directions for bread maker:
1. Throw in a bread maker container all the ingredients in order as listed above.
2. Choose 1 1/2 lb loaf (if you have the option)
3. Set it up for “whole wheat basic”
4. Push “start”
5. After is done baking take it out and cool on cooling rack for 30 minute before slicing.
Directions for oven:
1. Combine molasses, brown sugar and warm coffee, mix it well. Add yeast. Set aside for the yeast to start working.
2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients.
3. When the yeast is nice and bubbly add oil.
4. Add oil&yeast mixture to the dry ingredients. Knead until the dough is not sticky anymore.
5. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with towel and let it rest in warm place until double in size.
6. When the dough is ready punch it down and shape the way you are going to bake it (loaf pan, dinner rolls, baguette, etc).
7. Grease the pan you are going to bake it in.
8. Transfer the dough to the pan or baking sheet.
9. Let is double in size again.
10. Bake in 375 F
– 35 minutes for bread
– 20 minutes for rolls or baguette.
11. Serve with honey butter*
2 Tbsp butter, softened,
1 Tbsp honey
Mix it with fork and serve.
Simple as that.
You should probably double the recipe because this butter is SUPER DELICIOUS!!!
For me the bread is a Guinness among breads. If you like this kind of beer you will like pumpernickel.