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Classic Russian Black Rye Bread


Russian Black Rye Bread recipe















3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
up to 4 cups
4 cups rye flour
2 cups bran flakes cereal
2 packages yeast, active dry
2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 ½ cups water
½ cup molasses
¼ cup butter
or margarine
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons vinegar
½ cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch


In large mixer bowl combine 3 cups of the all-purpose flour, 1 cup of the rye flour, the whole bran cereal, the yeast, coffee crystals, caraway seed, sugar, salt, and fennel seed.

In saucepan, heat together the 2½ cups water, molasses, butter or margarine, chocolate, and vinegar just until warm (115 to 120℉) and chocolate and butter are almost melted; stir constantly.

Add molasses mixture to flour mixture in mixer bowl. Beat at low speed of electric mixer ½ minute, scraping bowl. Beat 3 minutes at high speed.

Stir in remaining 3 cups rye flour and as much of the remaining all-purpose flour as you can mix in with a spoon.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).

Dough may be slightly sticky because of the rye flour. Shape into a ball. Place in lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface.

Cover; let rise in warm place until nearly double (1¼ to 2½ hours). Punch down; divide in half. Shape each half into a ball.

Place on greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with palm of hand to 6-to 7-inch diameter. Cover; let rise until nearly double (30 to 45 minutes).

Bake in 375℉ (190℃) F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until well browned and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire rack.

Meanwhile, in small saucepan combine the ½ cup cold water and cornstarch. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook 1 minute more. Brush over hot bread.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 33g (1.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 7314% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 6%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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