Russian Bread Recipe (2024)

An easy homemade Russian Bread Recipe that’s so quick to make. Crispy and crunchy twisted bread on the outside and soft and airy on the inside. The bread is twisted and looks so gorgeous when served.

Enjoy the homemade bread with our classic Russian Borscht or the traditional Cabbage Rolls.

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This Russian bread recipe is going to become a regular in your home. Not only is it extremely easy to make, it’s so so good. The crispy and crunchy crust gives it a nice texture yet so soft and light on the inside.

This bread is so versatile. It can be used with jam and butter or as bread for a sandwich or toasted for canapes.

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how to make Russian bread-

Prepare to be impressed by how simple it is to make a homemade bread loaf.

Step 1:

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and dust with flour set aside.

Step 2 (sift flour):

Sift flour and salt into a large bowl, create a well in the center. TIP: Sifting flour ensures that there are no lumps. The flour becomes easier to work with and performs better in recipes (especially when baking).

Step 3 (proofing):

Combine the warm water and milk. Pour into the center of the well, add in the oil. Sprinkle the yeast over the water then the sugar over the yeast. Cover with a towel and allow the yeast to foam and activate.

Step 4 (kneading):

Combine everything together. The dough should be slightly sticky but will not stick to hands. Knead for about 4 minutes until the dough is elastic and flour is well incorporated.

Step 5 (rising):

Place dough into a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise 2 hours. The dough will almost triple in size.

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Step 6 (shaping):

Take the dough and shape it into a long loaf then twist the loaf. Dust loaf with flour, cover with a towel and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.

Step 7 (baking):

Add two cups of water into a small baking dish and place it on the bottom rack of the oven. This will give the bread its crunchiness. Bake bread 20-25 minutes or until bread is golden and center or loaf feels hard when touched. TIP: You can just use a 8″ or 9″ pan for the water, any pan will work.

Though I know the temptation is REAL! Allow the loaf to cool completely before cutting. 🙂

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I hope this easy recipe inspires you to bake, like now, ha. Here are a few of our other favorite recipes you should totally give a try if you enjoy baking homemade bread.

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This bread takes like something between an artisan bread loaf and a classic Italian bread. You’ll be totally hooked! 🙂

As always, we love your feedback. Don’t forget to leave us a comment below if you try the recipe.

Russian Bread

Author: Valentina

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5 from 25 votes

Homemade recipe for easy Russian Bread. Crispy and crunchy on the outside (like an Artisan bread) and soft and airy on the inside (similar to an Italian loaf), the perfect combination.

Servings: 12 servings


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup water, warm
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, warm
  • 2 tsp oil (Canola or Olive oil)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp active dry yeast

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  • Line large baking sheet with parchment paper (if you have a good quality, non-stick baking sheet this may not be necessary.)

  • Sift flour and salt add to a large bowl, create a well in the center of the flour.

  • Pour in the warm milk and water and stir to combine. Add oil and give the water and give a quick mix. Sprinkle the yeast over the water then sugar over the yeast, lightly stir and cover with a towel, allow it to sit about 5 minutes for the yeast to activate.

  • Give the water a quick stir and mix the flour in. Transfer dough onto the countertop and knead about 4 minutes (just until dough is smooth). The dough should be slightly sticky but will not stick to hands.

  • Shape dough and place back into the bowl. Cover with a towel. Let rise two hours.

  • Take the dough and shape it into a long loaf (French bread-like). Twist the loaf (this will help it rise round and not a flat loaf).

  • Dust loaf with flour, cover the dough with a towel, rise for another 30 minutes.

  • Add 2 cups water to a baking dish and place it on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 425˚F.

  • Bake bread for 20-25 minutes, until crust is crispy and golden.

  • Let the loaf cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!


You will also need 2 cups water in small baking dish! This will give the bread a beautiful crust.I just used an 8×8.


148kcal Calories29g Carbs4g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat1mg Cholesterol295mg Sodium54mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar8IU Vitamin A11mg Calcium2mg Iron

  • Full Nutrition Label

Nutrition Facts

Russian Bread

Amount Per Serving

Calories 148Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Cholesterol 1mg0%

Sodium 295mg13%

Potassium 54mg2%

Carbohydrates 29g10%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 8IU0%

Calcium 11mg1%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course: Bread

Cuisine: Russian

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  • Russian Bread Recipe (8)

    • Beatris

    Made this like a thousand times thank you for this good and easy recipe

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    • Russian Bread Recipe (9)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      That just makes me so happy as we make the bread on a weekly basis. 🙂

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  • Russian Bread Recipe (10)

    • Michael

    I’ve made this bread several times and turns out beautiful and tastes great, but do you really mean just 3.5 cups flower for 1.5 cups of liquid? Without adding an additional three cups or so of flour the result is a batter so runny that no amount of kneading will turn it into dough. I can certainly to add much more flour every time but the result is a loaf larger than I want.

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    • Russian Bread Recipe (11)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      Hi, Michael, this is our favorite bread recipe and one we make on a regular basis :). If you use 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour to 1 1/2 cups liquid your dough will not be runny or liquidy.

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    • Lilly

    I love making breads and tried dozens of different recipes but kept only a few in the end that are worth repeating. I am very picky about bread texture and must tell you that this Russian bread recipe is another favorite in my collection. today I will be trying your mom’s 🍞

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  • Russian Bread Recipe (13)

    • Lilly

    Turned out very good. Loved the twisting technique that’s very smart.

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    • Russian Bread Recipe (14)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      Lilly, I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread recipe. It is our favorite and most often made bread because it is so easy to make! We love it with the dip from our Italian Bread.

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    • Piper

    I made this bread today, because it was a very cold snowy day. It’s really good, and easy to make. Had it with a bowl of hot soup and a salad. (I’m sure I will be having a slice for a snack later. 😊). I think I will try your Italian bread next. I’ve already made the breadsticks and they are great too!! Thanks for sharing Valentina!!

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    • Russian Bread Recipe (16)

      • Valentina’s Corner

      Piper, a huge welcome to our online kitchen. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, it’s a personal favorite.

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