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How To Make Borodinsky Bread: Step By Step Guide

Borodinsky Bread Recipe

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This homemade Borodinsky bread is a rustic and hearty Russian delight!

  • Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 2 cups (250g) dark rye flour
  • 3 cups (375g) bread flour
  • ⅓ cup (115g) molasses
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 ¼ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sweeteners, spices, yeast, and salt.
  2. Gradually stir in warm water until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Do not add extra flour; the moisture is essential for gluten development.
  4. Knead on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic, or use a stand mixer with a dough hook. The dough should develop a chewy, almost meaty texture.
  5. Place the kneaded dough in a lightly greased bowl.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  7. Let it rise for 1-2 hours in a draft-free place until it nearly doubles in size.
  8. Turn out the risen dough onto a floured surface.
  9. Shape it into a log to fit your loaf pan.
  10. Place in the pan seam-side down, cover, and let it rise for another 30-60 minutes until it doubles in size.

Baking Process

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Ensure the rack is in the center for even heat distribution.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  4. In the first 15 minutes, the crust will firm up, and the bread will rise.
  5. In the second half, the interior cooks through, and the color develops.
  6. Check doneness with an instant-read thermometer (internal temperature above 200°F).
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.


  • Setting a kitchen timer prevents overbaking which risks drying out the crumb.
  • Tent aluminum foil loosely over the loaf if the crust seems to brown too rapidly.
  • Rotate the pan midway if one side browns quicker than the other.
  • Let the bread cool completely before slicing to allow moisture to redistribute. Cutting too soon creates a gummy crumb texture.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 3.5 hrs
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: Russian


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 225 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g