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Pumpernickel is a very heavy, slightly sweet rye bread traditionally made with coarsely ground rye.

It is often made with a combination of rye flour and whole rye berries. At one time it was traditional peasant fare, but largely during the 20th century various forms have become popular items of delicatessen.

A folk etymology involves Napoleon, who, while invading Germany, was served dark German rye bread. He would not eat it and said “C’est pain pour Nicole!”… it was bread for his horse, Nicole. This folk etymology grew from a “witty interpretation”, proposed by seventeenth-century satirist Johann Balthasar Schupp, that the bread was only good for “Nicol”, a nickname for a weak or puny horse.

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We are having our neighbours over tonight for a 100% homemade Scandinavian dinner. A couple of weeks ago I got busy and started preparing. Pickled Herring in different sauces are on the menu.

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And so is the fresh Salmon I marinated yesterday …. Gravad Lax ….

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To stick to tradition, I had to make some really thick Rye bread. Mad with sourdough of course. What better occasion to get out my recipe for Pumpernickel.

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This time around I decided to stick to my “quick sourdough” to make sure we get some bread to eat before the weekend. It was not easy to get whole rye kernels, or the rye flour, or mixed kernels. There was no time left to make a sourdough that will take three days to prepare.

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But, …. no matter …. we got the kitchen all dirtied and dusted with flour, and got right into mixing and fermenting, waiting and raising, kneading and waiting, …

I do have a recipe for Pumpernickel, but it would not be me if I did not experiment and modify the recipe on the fly. This time around I added some shredded carrots for extra moisture, and for molasses I used “Date-molasses” for extra flavor.

Here is my original recipe …..


  • 1 kg Rye Flakes Fine
  • 500 g Rye Flakes Medium
  • 500 g Sourdough For Rye Breads
  • 750 ml Water
  • 10 g Salt
  • 150 g Dark Molasses

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  • sift the fine rye flakes into a mixing bowl, and add the medium rye flakes add the sour dough and start mixing
  • slowly add the water, salt and molasses
  • knead until the dough does not stick to the bowl
  • remove the dough, put some flour on the bottom of the mixing bowl
  • put back the dough cover with some flour and rest for 3-4 hours in a warm place once the dough has risen by half, take out of the mixing bowl and knead
  • form to a ball and then to a log
  • place into a greased and floured bread tin
  • cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 15 min
  • brush the dough with water, seal the mould with aluminum foil
  • place into a preheated (150 c) oven, bottom tray
  • at this temperature the pumpernickel must bake for 10 – 12 hours (over night) after about 10 hours check with a knife
  • if the knife comes out clean, switch of the oven and leave the bread for another hour remove, and let cool completely
  • serve in thin slices 

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So, just now I sneaked a taste of the wonderful creation. A bit of lightly salted butter, a sprinkle of chives …. and guess what ….

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… My Pumpernickel Rocks …




Published by ChefThomas

… born in Upper Austria’s Wels, I have done most of my growing up in Vienna. Only by sheer accident did I fall into the trade of Pâtissier. After a short apprentice ship at a Viennese Bakery, I was accepted for apprentice ship, at "K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Demel’s Söhne", one of the oldest patisseries in Vienna. Learning the trade from the very basics, as the Emperor two Centuries ago would have expected from a "Pâtissier to the Royal and Imperial Court" (That is what the older Pâtissier still calls himself). I soon took to travel the world. From patisseries in America, to hotels in the Far East, Africa and the Middle East, did I accumulate a wealth of experience, ranging from bakeries to first class restaurants in major hotels to banquets for Presidents, Sultans and Heads of States and other famous, infamous and not so famous people. But the true excitement for me is in the "Viennese Café". Not just as an occupation, but as an institution in it own right.

3 thoughts on “associated with a goblin …

  1. The only thing absolutely more divine than the heavenly aroma of bread baking in the oven is eating it – still warm. The angels were singing a chorus of appreciation when these loaves were served. Bon Appetit. Virginia


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