Pumpernickel Bread is wonderful. Many of you know how much I love a good slice of home-baked bread. These days breadmakers do all the work, so making up a homemade loaf of bread is quick, easy, and quite economical, too. On top of that, making a loaf of bread in the breadmaker is usually a lot healthier than store bought breads because you omit the preservatives, MSG, fillers, and high fructose corn syrup that many of them are filled with.
In many cases you can substitute good oils for shortening which is hydrogenated, and honey, molasses or maple syrup for sugar, which are are more easily digested and don’t spike blood sugar levels like sugar does. But even if your recipe isn’t “clean” or super healthy, it’s just a lot of fun making up homemade bread especially with the convenience of a breadmaker.
We’ve been making this Pumpernickel Bread recipe for many years – since I first purchased my old breadmaker about 20 years ago. We’ve always enjoyed this recipe, especially since I started adding caraway seeds to the bread after the second or third time I made it. This recipe uses cocoa, molasses, and instant coffee granules to get it’s dark color. It also includes whole wheat flour and rye flour in addition to regular bread flour.
Just a hint for those of you not used to making homemade bread, I never use all-purpose flour. It doesn’t have the same ratio of vital wheat glutens which cause the bread to raise. It also can leave the bread crumbly and dried out. Because Pumpernickel Bread also uses a lot of heavy, dense flour from the rye and wheat.
So I also include vital wheat gluten which helps the bread expand properly so it’s nice and fluffy in texture instead of bricks like Ellie Mae Clampett’s home-baked goodies on The Beverly Hillbillies. (Most of you are probably too young to remember this old TV show, but for those of us who grew up on a steady diet of it, her culinary confections were hilarious).
I whipped up a loaf of this delicious bread a few weeks ago when I was taking a meal to some friends in the hospital. They were staying round-the-clock for several days with a close relative so they appreciated having a hot home-cooked meal. I brought Pumpernickel Bread along with Chicken and Yellow Rice, Zucchini Supreme and Sock-It-To-Me Cake. There’s nothing quite like a slab of homemade bread slathered with butter to heal what ails you! I brought them a jar of apple butter so they could enjoy it for breakfast too!
If you’re looking for a tasty home-baked bread for dinner, consider this easy recipe. It takes 5 minutes to put everything in the breadmaker and approximately four hours to bake it on a wheat bread setting. Simple, easy, economical! I’ll take it. 🙂
Pumpernickel Bread is a tasty dinner bread you’re family will love!
We really like the addition of caraway seeds in this recipe. It adds a little extra oomph to the recipe.
Because I use vital wheat gluten, this bread which would normally be heavy and dense, comes out light and fluffy.
Here’s what I did.
You will use these ingredients for this recipe. Layer ingredients in bread canister in order listed. Place on whole wheat setting. Mine takes approximately 4 hours.
Allow bread to cool 15 minutes before removing from breadmaker. Then butter the top and sides of the bread to prevent the crusts from hardening.
Here the bread has been buttered. I allow it to rest another 15 minutes before cutting down.
An electric knife makes cutting the bread smooth and easy. It also protects your bread from being hacked up from using serrated knives.
Pumpernickel Bread has rich depth of flavors due to the molasses, cocoa and instant coffee granules used in the recipe.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the bread.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe adapted from Black and Decker Breadmaker Cookbook)
- 1 2/3 cup hot water
- 3 tbsp. powdered milk
- 2 tbsp. Crisco shortening
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. Grandma’s molasses
- 1 ¾ tsp. salt
- 1 cup King Arthur whole wheat flour
- 2 2/3 cups King Arthur bread flour (NOT all-purpose flour)
- 2/3 cup Hodgson Mills rye flour
- 2 tbsp. Nestle’s cocoa
- 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
- 2 tsp. caraway seeds
- 1 ¾ tsp. active dry bread machine yeast
- 4 tsp. Hodgson Mills vital wheat gluten
- Layer ingredients in bread canister in order given.
- Set for wheat bread setting.
- Allow to cool about 15 minutes before removing from canister.
- Butter top and sides of bread to prevent crust from hardening.
- Allow bread to cool an additional 15 minutes before cutting.
- Slice down. About 16 slices.
Each bite of Pumpernickel Bread is so mouthwatering. We like to serve ours with butter, honey, jams, or apple butter.
Toast Pumpernickel Bread and serve with your favorite jam for a delicious home-baked breakfast!