Black Bread

    4 hours 5 minutes

    This is my bread machine recipe for Russian black bread. It has a little cider vinegar in it to give it bite - with cheese it's marvelous.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 2 1/2 cups (340g) bread flour
    • 1 cup (100g) rye flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons margarine
    • 2 tablespoons dark golden syrup
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
    • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
    • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
    • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:4hours5min 

    1. Place ingredients into the bread machine in order suggested by the manufacturer.
    2. Use the whole wheat, regular crust setting.
    3. After the baking cycle ends, remove bread from pan, place on a cake rack and allow to cool for 1 hour before slicing.

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    This bread was awesome! It was just like the one that the rustic bakery down the street from my house sells. Like others who commented on this recipe, I substituted molasses for the dark corn syrup. I did not use a bread machine, rather I mixed everything, let it rise for about an hour. punched it down, formed it into a large round loaf, and cut deep "vents" in a star pattern across the top and baked for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees. GREAT RECIPE!!! And easy...Update: I made this again but added 2 t. onion powder and it was AMAZING!!!  -  03 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is perhaps the very best bread I have ever eaten in my life! I butter the slices and make a sandwich from Cloverdale Tangy Summer Sausage, Koop's Horseradish Mustard, and sharp cheddar. It's wonderful! I use real butter in the recipe. I must CAUTION anyone that is going to try this recipe to go light on the yeast to begin with. The top of the loaf over raised and hit the lid of my Hitachi machine four times. I cut the amount of regular Fleischmann's Active Dry yeast each time and found that about 1-1/4 tsp. is about the correct amount. This bread has a nice crisp crust and soft cake-like texture unlike any other dark bread you may have tried. The little bit of fennel seed really does make a big difference.  -  21 Oct 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I am a 91 year old [WW-2 Marine] who has been making bread going on 2 years now. Recently have acquired a used bread machine and use it to work the dough and take it thru the 1st rise. Then I divide in 2 regular loaf pans and let rise again and then bake. Have for breakfast every morning toasted with orange marmolade and black coffee. It is good enough to help me get to 100. Jack Whitesell Prescott  -  07 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)