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Tuesdays with Dorie—Pumpernickel Bread


photo-3Hi everyone! I'm back after a break. Fall is always really busy for us. What did you guys think of the bread? My husband and I loved it, but my  picky son didn't like it. On the plus side, he did give it a fair try AND he's getting more polite about expressing his feelings. Instead of "YUCK!" I heard, "I don't care for this bread, Mommy." That's a win in my book.

I made the full recipe. I did leave out the caraway seeds (we're caraway-haters at my house) and I used apple butter instead of prune lekvar. I don't think my bread tasted "apple-y". I started the bread in my mixer, but it kept crawling up the dough hook. I had to finish kneading it by hand.

photo-1The dough was easy to handle, probably because there was butter and shortening in it. Thanks to 5.5 teaspoons of yeast, it was a fast riser. I didn't bother with the sling. It looked like an interesting way to proof the dough, but I had visions of the towels giving way and dumping my half-risen loaves on the floor!

photo-2They baked up plump and dark and shiny. It's good with just butter, but I've been thinking of Rueben Sandwiches. We're getting corned beef for tonight. What did you guys think of the bread?



Author: cathybruce

I'm a graphic designer, cook, gardener, geek, wife, and mom. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. I am not so much a fan of this, as I know “pumpernickel” in a very different way. And: I decided that I will finally have to get a real kitchen machine…

  2. What a lovely big loaf! This was an interesting recipe. So glad I made it.
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  3. Nice looking loaves!
    We liked the bread, though I may just prefer something a little darker. But, it was so good with goat cheese, walnut and honey topping, I’d like to serve it for dinner parties!
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  4. I had to finish working the dough by hand as well. I just got my mixer back from the repair shop and did not want to chance over-working it. I’m still undecided if I really like this bread or not. It was tasty with a bit of butter.
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  5. I had to halve the recipe (for the sake of my stand mixer) and was delighted by its taste.
    Your loaf (loaves) looks great.
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