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Mar 12, 2010 12:05 PM

Pumpernickel Bread inquiry

Does anyone know a place around Sheffield/Rotherham where you can buy Pumpernickel bread? In America & Canada you can buy round loaves of it, but i'm having problems finding it in the Sheffield/Rotherham area. Any suggestions. Thanks

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  1. Not something I recall seeing in supermarkets. Isn't it a bread that originates from eastern Europe? If so, perhaps one of the "Polish shops" that are springing up catering to the new immigrant community (I'm assuming that there'll be such a community in South Yorkshire)?

    EDIT: Might we call it something different to how North Americans know it? Google tells me its a rye bread. I know my supermarket always has a German style rye bread (although pre-sliced not loaves)

    1. Being from the States, I know what you mean by pumpernickel. I haven't seen any like the ones I'm used to in all my 6 years over here. Harters's idea of looking in the Eastern European communities is a good one. I'd guess that some of the Jewish bakeries in London make them, but I live quite far and don't get to that area at all.

      I do find the sliced pumpernickel that is from German companies. That's sold in all the major supermarkets and maybe Lidl.

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      1. re: zuriga1


        We must be both talking about the same sliced bread. It was only a guess on my earlier post that it might be what Americans call pumpernickel. Thanks for the confirmation. And, yes, I'm sure Lidl do it as well as the major supermarkets (Sainsbury's does "German" and "Scandanavian" styles, IIRC)


        1. re: Harters

          John, a true pumpernickel as seen in the NY bakeries, for instance, does not come sliced. It's usually a large loaf one cuts oneself. My aunt's favorite was raisin pumpernickel - truly a delicious thing to smear with cream cheese. :-) The sliced, thin slices found at Lidl and the other supermarkets is also found in the States but is a different species, so to speak.

          The Jewish pumpernickel bread is very, very dark. I'm guessing they use molasses or some such to make it that color - a bit like treacle. Pumpernickel bagels are also very popular and very dark.

          1. re: zuriga1

            We've a smallish kosher shop in walking distance. I must have a nosy. I've also long been promising myself a visit to a large shop on the other side of the metro area. Commonly known as the Titanic Deli (the founder survived the ship's sinking)

            1. re: Harters

              I'll be interested in what you find! I love the name of that deli. :-)

              1. re: zuriga1

                I was recently given a little recipe book of breads which, by co-incidence, I only started to read over lunch. There's one for pumpernickel which, as you guessed, contains molasses.

                Here's the Titanic website for info:

                1. re: Harters

                  You have me drooling for a pumpernickel bread. I'm going to get out my bread book and maybe try to make one soon.

                  I like the sounds of the Titanic... but I've found that Jewish foods (I do not require 'kosher) in England are quite different than some things back in America. It's interesting as the immigrants came from the same places and backgrounds, but somewhere along the way recipes must have gotten changed.

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    I presume its an immigrant community adapting to local products, etc - assimilating into the existing community.

                    I don't want to stray too far from the OP's question but the Manchester area is home to the second largest Jewish community in the UK. Immigration was in the second half of the 19th century, mainly from Russia. Many passed through northern England, leaving Liverpool for America but a goodly number stayed using their skils in the city's garment trade.

                    1. re: Harters

                      Hi there - I've never had pumpernickel myself but just googled it and all i can say is that they do the rye breads at branches of Aldi - you have to hunt them out but they are there. They are very dark and heavy, and in some branches come individually wrapped as to whether made with linseed, sunflower seeds, etc.

      2. The corner shop near my house (corner of Frobisher Rd. and Green Lanes in Harringay) has lots of Eastern European products, including a few different types of bread that are imported from Lithuania. The breads are packaged in plastic, and unfortunately are often nearly stale by the time I buy them here in London....but one of the breads I buy there is very similar to Jewish pumpernickel. Very dark, strong rye flavor, w/ caraway seeds.

        Not sure where to buy it in Northern England, but Eastern European (especially Lithuanian or Russian) shops might be a good place to check.

        Dave MP

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        1. re: Dave MP

          Seeing that my grandmother was a professional baker from Lithuania, this makes great sense!