Pumpernickel Rye

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by Kasseler

The whole grain rye kernels in this bread are baked in the true Westphalian tradition for 17 hours in a specially built steam oven. To their knowledge, there are no other bakeries in North America that go to the expense of using this authentic method to produce their Pumpernickel. Instead they use caramel colour as a short cut to make their rye breads dark.

Kasseler Pumpernickel benefits from this extra effort by becoming a hearty, dark, rich tasting bread, perfect for open faced sandwiches when paired with delicacies such as smoked salmon, prosciutto or soft cream cheeses. The Pumpernickel is sliced, with parchment paper between each slice for easier separation. Enjoy! More than 31 grams of whole grains per 40 gram serving.


Rye Meal, Rye Flour, Rye, Filtered Water, Raw Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Yeast, Sourdough Culture.

May Contain Traces Of Tree Nuts, Sesame Seeds Or Soybean.

Vendor Info

The original Kasseler bakery was founded in the German city of Kassel on October 17, 1903, using centuries old recipes and techniques from the Baltic region of Eastern Europe, which focused on the careful handling of whole grains to preserve their nutritional value. The breads were an instant hit overseas with health-minded consumers who also appreciated the breads’ delicious taste and their preservative-free long shelf life.

This baking expertise was brought to North America in 1978, where they set up their Toronto bakery dedicated to producing great tasting, high fibre breads, using superior quality local whole grain rye and whole grain wheat. Most of the healthy ingredients for their breads are sourced right in the "Golden Horseshoe" region of southern Ontario. 

Kasseler breads are hand-baked in the time-honoured way in small batches on stone platters in our special ovens. Their recipes use such simple, wholesome ingredients as whole grain rye, stone-ground whole grain wheat, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, soya bran, oats, barley, rice and unbleached whole grain wheat flour. From start to finish, this process takes up to 48 hours for each bread.

What makes their breads so special is the combination of the careful steps they take to handle the whole grains, and the heat-steam process they use to keep the breads fresh for weeks – without using any chemicals or preservatives. It is the bread with the original delicious taste of whole grain.