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Russian Black Bread

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Total: 2 hr. 30 min.
Angie McGowan
Caraway seeds, fennel, and onion powder add plenty of flavor to this hearty bread.


  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 packages instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1 Tbs instant coffee
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 Tbs caraway seeds
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1 cup bran
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 4 cups rye flour
  • 2 cups white flour


  • Add hot water to stand mixer mixing bowl.
  • Add yeast and stir to combine. Add vinegar, molasses, cocoa powder, melted butter, sugar, salt, instant coffee, garlic powder, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, and onion powder. Stir to combine.
  • Place mixing bowl on stand mixer and attach paddle mixer. Turn to low and add bran to mixture. Mix well.
  • Add wheat flour, rye flour, and white flour. Stir until just combined. Remove paddle attachment and add dough hook. Knead for 1015 minutes. You may need to add a little more white flour. However, remember rye flour makes bread dough stickier than a regular white bread.
  • After dough has been kneaded, place the dough on the counter and add a little more white flour, if needed to get the right consistency.
  • Place the dough in a large greased bowl and let it double in size.
  • Punch down the dough and halve it. For round loaves, place in cake pans and for bread loaves, place on sheet pans in an oblong shape.
  • Let dough double in size again. Preheat oven to 375F.
  • For round loaves go ahead and place them in the oven after they have doubled in size the second time. For bread loaves, roll the dough and place in a loaf pan and let it rise again for about 30 minutes, then place it in the oven.
  • Bake at 375F until the internal temperature is 200F, about 5060 minutes. Use an internal probe thermometer to check temperature.
  • When bread has reached temperature, remove from pans and let cool on cooling rack.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 532
  Calories from Fat 75 (14%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(21%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
(5%)Cholesterol 15mg
(39%)Sodium 925mg
(20%)Potassium 700mg
Total Carbohydrate 105g
(68%)Dietary Fiber 17g
Sugars 9g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(32%)Protein 16g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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