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Russian Black Bread

Author: Gwen Adams

Russian Black Bread Recipe Russian Black Bread Recipe

Fennel seeds give this tender Slavic bread a distinctive licorice flavor, and vinegar gives it slight tang.

At a glance

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Total
Yield
1 loaf, 16 slices
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/8 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pumpernickel or rye flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup or molasses
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons black cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, to taste
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour, divided

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, reserving 1 cup of the bread flour. Mix until a sticky dough begins to form.
  2. Mix in the remaining cup of flour and knead for 7 minutes, or until the dough becomes soft and elastic, but may still be somewhat sticky to the touch. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. After the first rise, shape the dough into an oblong loaf. Place in a greased 9" x 5" or 10" x 5" bread pan, cover with greased plastic, and let rise until almost doubled, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. When the dough has almost doubled, brush or spray the top with water, dust with pumpernickel or rye flour, and score (slash) the top.
  5. Bake the bread for about 35 minutes, until it sounds hollow when you thump the bottom, or the inside measures 205°F on a digital thermometer. Remove the loaf from the oven and cool it on a rack before slicing.
  6. Store bread well wrapped at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 48g
  • Servings Per Batch 16 slices
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 112
  • Calories from Fat 18
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 4mg
  • Sodium 6mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.