Russian Black Bread

Russian Black Bread @EclecticEveryday

Russian black bread is a very delicious bread full of flavor that I happened to stumble upon when looking for a different recipe that I still haven’t figured out. I am so glad I found this recipe though, it is amazing. You can see from the photo I let it over proof a little, and lost my smooth top. When I searched through the food blogs, I saw that Smitten Kitchen had a great recipe for it, and some of the big recipe sites did too. I simplified the recipe, a bit, although it still does have 17 ingredients. I used cocoa powder instead of melting chocolate. You can use an once of melting chocolate, but you have to add another step to melt the chocolate in the warm water. This list of flavors may seem a little odd, but believe me the end result is extraordinary. It is a very dense, heavy bread with a beautifully crunchy crust. Its perfect when sliced thin for a sandwich or to accompany just about anything. This recipe makes 2 loaves.
On a different note, I wanted to share with you that I got rid of 8 large pieces of furniture yesterday. I have an over-sized town home filled with estate sale finds, yard sale discoveries, things given to me by friends and family, and auction wins. I have so few things in my home that I have paid for and actually love. Almost everything I have was just bought to fill a space because it was inexpensive, given to me because someone didn’t have room for it or didn’t want it anymore, or things that I took from my mother’s home when she passed. Well, I am finally ready to give all up to charity and downsize to a few key essential pieces that serve a purpose. So my home is in the transformation stage of crazy eclectic to a much more simplified minimalistic eclectic style. I am very excited, it makes me feel wonderful to give to charity, and even better to remove the clutter from my home and simplify my life.

Russian Black Bread @EclecticEveryday

Russian Black Bread @EclecticEveryday

Russian Black Bread Recipe


4 cups rye flour
2 cups wheat flour
2 cups white flour
1 cup bran
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 packs of yeast
2 1/2 cups hot water from tap
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Add hot water to stand mixer mixing bowl. Add yeast and sir to combine. Add vinegar, molasses, cocoa powder, melted butter, sugar, salt, instant coffee, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.

Place mixing bowl on stand mixer and attach paddle mixer. Turn on low and add bran. Mix well. Then add wheat flour, rye flour and white flour. Stir until just combined. Remove paddle attachment and add dough hook. Knead for 10 - 15 minutes. You may need to add a little more white flour. However, remember rye flour makes bread dough stickier than a regular white bread.

After dough has needed, place the dough on the counter and add a little more white flour, if needed to get the right consistency.

Place the dough in a large greased bowl and let it double in size.

Then punch down the dough and halve it. For round loaves, place in cake pans, and for loaves, place on sheet pans in an oblong shape.

Let dough double in size again. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

For round loaves go ahead and place them in the oven after they have doubled in size the second time. For bread loaves, roll the dough and place in a loaf pan and let it rise again for about 30 minutes, than place it in the oven.

Bake at 375 degrees until the internal temperature is 200 degrees, about 50 - 60 minutes. I use an internal probe thermometer to check the temperature.

When bread has reached temperature, remove from pans and let cool on a cooling rack.

11 Responses to “Russian Black Bread”

  1. 1
    averagebetty — June 30, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Wow! I’ve never heard of Russian Black Bread! Looks fabulous and sounds delicious! You really are living up to your new name, too… I love it 🙂

  2. 2
    Monet — June 30, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    I’ve made this recipe too…and we really enjoyed it. It was perfect for sandwiches.

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    Angie's Recipes — June 30, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    This is a very healthy bread! I am bookmarking it to try when the weather is not so HOT!

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    Angelia McGowan — June 30, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    Russian Black Bread: Russian black bread is a very delicious bread full of flavor that I happened to stumble upon …

  5. 5
    D.S — June 30, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    RT @EclecticRecipes: Russian Black Bread: Russian black bread is a very delicious bread full of flavor that I happened to stumble upon …

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    Kim — July 1, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    You weren’t kidding when you said you were tired of your furniture! Good for you. I have the nesting bug so badly right now. It may be because it’s so hot that I want to make my indoors more comfortable. It’s hard to spend time in my garden these days.

    Your bread looks wonderful. It sounds savory and sweet and I’m wondering what the taste difference is between this and some sweet black bread that I buy from a local bakery. It may be the same thing.

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    Foodierama — July 1, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Russian Black Bread #foodie

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    redkathy — July 1, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

    Angie this bread sounds fabulous.

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    grace — July 2, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    yes indeed, that’s a pretty eclectic mix of ingredients, but i like what i see! great recipe, angie!

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    Daphne DeLaurier — July 7, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    Used to bake all our bread. No longer. But here's a particularly inspiring recipe:

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    Alan Langham — November 29, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Thanks, that wasreally interesting. Actually,I was born in Moscow in 1970 but my mother and I fled the country and came here to the UK. Honestly, I didnt really care much about my russian history until my mum died recently, now I’ve been trying to discover as much as I possibly can. Seemed like food culture was as good a place as any to start ! You dont generally hear much about russian cuisine do you? Anyway, I found a lot of russian recipes here that your readers might be interested in .

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