The Prepared Pantry

Black Russian Pumpernickel Bread Mix

Make this with your bread machine, stand-type mixer, or by hand.

SKU: M69-1

Can I use this mix in my 1 pound capacity or 1.5 pound capacity bread machine?

We have designed our mixes specifically for 2 lb. capacity machines. However, you may still find success with 1.5 lb. capacity machines. You may expect to see the top of the loaf touch the lid of the machine towards the end of the baking cycle. This may lead to imperfect baking in that one spot on the loaf. The rest of the loaf should be fine. For 1 lb. bread machines, we recommend only running the bread on the dough cycle and then transfer the dough to a pan for baking in a conventional oven. See packaging for more info.

Why do the directions ask me to use a thermometer?

Yeast is very sensitive to heat and other environmental factors. We have tested and designed our mixes to find the sweet spot for yeast activity to get the best rise. Even just a few degrees off on water temperature can make a big impact on the quality of your bread. Measuring the temperature of your water accurately is the best way to ensure consistently successful bread baking.

I followed the directions exactly and I see had a problem with my bread? What can I do?

Sometimes bread issues happen. We are happy to help. Send us a picture of your bread and a picture of the back packaging of your bread mix to our customer support email at Include as much detail as possible about your baking process and bread machine model so we can troubleshoot the cause of the issue.

Should I adjust my mix for high altitudes?

We don't recommend making any changes to the mix for high altitudes. We have tested our mixes in a variety of locations and have fine tuned each mix to be the best product possible.

I don't have a bread machine or a stand-type mixer. Can I still make this bread in my oven?

  • An old-world bread, dark and flavorful, soft on the inside and crusty on the outside with a warm, nutty flavor.
  • "Unbelievably excellent! Best toast in the universe."
  • You don't have to go to the city to get great bread
  • Like the best delis or bakeries in New York or Chicago.
  • "Best black bread ever! The ultimate comfort food."
  • "Your friends will want more"


"I grew up in Chicago with fabulous delis and bakeries.  Now we're  not homesick anymore."

    "Any fan of black Russian bread will find this extraordinarily satisfying."

    Put this on your bucket list. It's an experience you don't want to miss.

    Look what you can make with this extraordinary bread:

      pigs in a blanket

       freestanding loaves

      black russian sandwich
      See what others say!


      "This is one of the best bread mixes I have ever baked. It goes well as toast with butter, as well as with soups, and used for sandwiches with corned beef, swiss, and sauerkraut."  Pat Van Loo 
      "This is an excellent, moist bread with a warm, nutty flavor. It's reminiscent of the bread served at Outback Steakhouse restaurants. . . .  We made it in our bread machine, and it worked flawlessly." Tiana A
      "The B R Pumpernickel bread was excellent. The bread was dark brown with a dense texture and a slight crust. The taste was slightly sweet and slightly sour. I used it for my own version of Dagwood sandwiches. 😀"  Archie Spivey
      This is your chance to make homemade Russian bread. Don't miss it. You and your family will love it. Guaranteed.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 142 reviews

      Yummy to the tummy!

      Andrew J Harring
      Russian rye ~ 5 stars

      If you like the bread at Outback Steakhouse, you’ll love this. The kids favorite.

      Ann Lyons
      Black Russian Bread

      The best bread ever!

      Gayle Temple
      Incorrect message

      All of these required a bread machine but the descriptions didn’t say that when all the others did. They went in the trash.

      We're sorry for any confusion about the preparation methods. Please know our bread mixes are designed for both bread machine and conventional oven use, with detailed instructions for both methods provided on our packaging and the product page's FAQs. We deeply regret any inconvenience this has caused and would like to address your concerns directly. We invite you to contact our customer service team for a satisfactory resolution to your experience.

      Cynthia Doherty
      Not sure

      tasted good but didnt rise like i expected and made a dense loaf even after following directions