Bakery Style Pumpernickel Rolls

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Bakery Style Pumpernickel Rolls
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 4 hr 25 min
  • Servings 12
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These buns are great for pastrami and Swiss cheese sandwiches, and anything else that tastes great with pumpernickel.
Updated Sep 20, 2016


  • 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup rye flour
  • 1 tablespoon regular active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse (kosher or sea) salt or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 3 tablespoons full-flavor (dark) molasses
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed, if desired
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    In large bowl, mix together flours, yeast, cocoa and salt. In small bowl, mix together 1 1/3 cups water and molasses. Add water mixture to flour mixture; stir with wooden spoon until dough is thoroughly mixed and no dry spots remain, about 1 to 2 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature 2 hours; refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2
    Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper; sprinkle with cornmeal. On generously floured surface, turn dough to lightly coat with flour. Form dough into a ball; cut in half. Cut each half into 6 equal pieces, coating with flour as needed to prevent sticking. Shape each piece into ball by stretching surface of dough around to bottom on all sides; pinch bottom to seal. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • 3
    Loosely cover rolls with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray; let rise in warm place 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • 4
    Place empty broiler tray or cast iron skillet on bottom rack of oven. Heat oven to 400°F.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush buns with egg mixture; sprinkle with caraway seed. Place cookie sheet in oven. Gently pull out bottom rack of oven and pour 1 cup hot water into broiler tray; gently slide rack back and quickly shut oven door.
  • 6
    Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until buns begin to slightly brown and sound hollow when tapped. Cool 5 minutes on cooling rack. Serve warm or cool.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Roll
Calories from Fat
Trans Fat
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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