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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?

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  • An old-world bread, dark and flavorful, soft on the inside and crusty on the outside.
  • A authentic, old-world bread 
  • A very popular bread. It's one review shy of a perfect five-star rating.


It's like you might find at the best delis or bakeries in New York or Chicago. If you like that black bread served at the steakhouse, this is better.

It's made with a mixture of three rye flours, but the main ingredient is wheat flour.  There is a touch of ground caraway and just a hint of dill. But don't worry, it's not overbearing at all. It melds perfectly with roast beef or ham and makes fabulous toast.

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

"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 120 reviews

My husband went nuts over this bread. I’ll have to order more very soon.

Karen B
Best Black Bread Ever

This bread, slathered with butter, is the ultimate comfort food. It is good fresh and sliced for a sandwich, and also delicious toasted. My family and my book club love it! On the medium setting on my bread machine, it has the perfect crust. The texture of the bread is the perfect texture to sink your teeth into. It is simply the best black bread ever!

Robert Pratt
black russian bread mix

one of your best bread mixs yet.great with corn beef and suercrout and cheese,as in rubben sandwitch. wonderful,deliecabl will be ordering moreTHANK YOU

Dennis Smith
Awesome, Easy and Delicious

This mix is so much easier than making pumpernickel bread from scratch. The fact that it produces an excellent loaf from my bread machine is perfect.
Thank you for your outstanding products.

Sharon Marnin
Russian bread

A heavy drier bread
My husband liked the flavor