Pumpernickel Caraway Bread Recipe
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Pumpernickel Caraway Bread Recipe

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This rich, dark bread has an old-fashioned homemade taste that's oh-so-satisfying. Made with molasses and caraway seeds, it's moist and flavorful. My family prefers slices of it slathered with apple butter or cream cheese. -Lorraine Darocha, Berkshire, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-4 hours
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-4 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3/4 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2/3 cup rye flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 5 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 78 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 162 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Yield: 1 loaf (1 pound).
Originally published as Pumpernickel Caraway Bread in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p31

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"I made this just as recipe stated. It did seem moist so I added 4-6 more TBSPs of flour and baked it a little longer. Texture and flavor was fabulous (it smells of chocolate when baking but doesn't taste it or coffee). It is a small loaf but I found it rose to top of loaf pan. EXCELLENT recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"Sorry I deleted my post as I misread the recipe. It only has 2 C flour + 2 T cornmeal so I will follow said recipe as written.  Making it now.  I usually make a larger loaf but will do this small loaf and then tweak it to better suit my bread machine. 


Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"This bread has great flavor and texture. It's a small loaf, but slices well and was perfect for corned beef sandwiches. When I checked dough after 5 minutes mixing in the bread machine, it was just right. Didn't have to add flour or water.—Ann, Hartland WI"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"I've made this recipe twice now, and while it tasted pretty good, it did not rise well; I am not sure why."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"I am not fond of coffee and I didn't have instant coffee granules in the house so I made it without. It turned out very well. I did need to add quite a bit of extra flour as the dough was very moist."

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