The folks at the Prepared Pantry were kind enough to send me some bread machine mixes to review. The Black Russian Bread is by far my favorite.
Making the Bread
I read the instructions on the package. To my surprise, they called for water of exactly 80 degrees to be used in making the bread. As my regular readers know, I use a Zojirushi bread machine. The bread cycle includes time for preheating. So I just used water from the tap. If your machine doesn’t have a preheat cycle though, I’d recommend that you follow the directions on the package.
I added the ingredients as recommended by the instructions that came with my Zo, being careful to make a little nest for the yeast.
I chose the basic setting and let the bread machine do its thing.
The Final Product
As you can see, the final product looks amazing! The bread is a dark, brown color and the loaf was well shaped. The bread smelled like a heavy, rye bread while baking. It also had a lovely rye aroma. However the final product had a lovely cake-like texture. The taste was more like a light rye. The rye was there, but it wasn’t overpowering.
We will definitely make this bread again!