Russian Bread Recipe

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.

Russian Bread loaf on parchment paper sliced, next to butter and jam.

Russian bread-

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.

Russian bread sliced into four piece on parchment paper.

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 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 the oil and salt. 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.

How to make white bread recipe with flour, salt sugar, milk and yeast.

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 25-25 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. 🙂

How to rise and bake Russian bread load.

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.

Slices of homemade white bread recipe on a parchment paper.

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.

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5 from 10 votes

Russian Bread

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.
Prep Time2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: Russian bread
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 148kcal



  • 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 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 salt to 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, mix until it is difficult to mix. 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 (2) 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 30 minutes.
  • 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 8x8.
Nutrition Facts
Russian Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories 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.
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  • Charlotte Kearn 02/04/2020, 9:05 pm Link Reply

    I had to comment before even baking or tasting. The picture looks absolutely beautiful and it does look soft inside. I’m going to make this bread this week or next for sure, will comment after that, but I’m pretty sure it will get a 5 star

    • Valentina's Corner 02/05/2020, 11:38 am Link Reply

      Thank you so much, Charlotte. I hope you enjoy the bread recipe. It’s absolutely fabulous and so easy to make.

  • Cartwright 01/12/2020, 12:03 am Link Reply

    Natalia Ivanova, the matriarch of the house, gave my 1st loaf her muscovite seal of approval.
    This recipe is great and easy. Have you a recipe for Borodinski Bread?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/12/2020, 5:43 pm Link Reply

      This is the sweetest comment ever. Natalia – you got yourself a keeper, what a gem.
      I don’t have Boroinski, per se. However, we are sharing a black bread that will rock your world. Stop back to check. (P.S. I welcome both of you to our online home, I hope you find something else to enjoy).

  • Eloise 11/25/2019, 2:49 pm Link Reply

    Out of the oven and let it sit. My husband has baked bread for over 30 years and he really liked it. I just toasted and made a sandwich and I love the soft center and crunchy outer layer. It made for the perfect texture and all round taste of the sandwich. I can’t wait to make the bagels! Thank you so much for your recipes. I have subscribed!

  • Eloise 11/24/2019, 7:34 pm Link Reply

    okay just had two amazing pieces of this bread and I love it. The flavor is wonderful and I can’t believe how easy it was to make! My husband loved it as well and he has been making bread for over 30 years!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/25/2019, 11:09 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much for giving the feedback. Seriously, made me smile real big. 🙂

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