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 6 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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  • Cynthia 10/30/2019, 2:42 pm Link Reply

    Valentina, this recipe is a keeper! The crust is super good and the consistency of the bread is wonderful! It is even good toasted, which is a must in my house! Thanks for posting!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/30/2019, 10:02 pm Link Reply

      Cynthia, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. This bread is a regular in our home. It’s so easy to make and is such a treat. 🙂

  • Irina K 10/23/2019, 7:54 am Link Reply

    Just came across this recipe. Will definitely try it. Always wanted to bake bread and this sounds so easy. I like the idea of twisting the dough, but not sure how many times. Is it just once or more? Thank you for the recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/23/2019, 6:28 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Irina. You’re going to fall in love with this recipe. Not only is it super easy to make, it’s AMAZING! It’s easiest if you just start twisting at one end and as you’re setting the bread down on the baking sheet, continue twisting until the whole loaf is down.

  • Coby 01/21/2019, 6:09 pm Link Reply

    This bread is absolutely delicious! Of course, I didn’t wait for it to cool before trying it. I cut it right away and spread butter on it! SO good!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/22/2019, 12:26 pm Link Reply

      That’s awesome, Coby! I’m loving the skipped cooling step, haha. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the easy bread recipe.

  • Vita 12/04/2018, 4:45 pm Link Reply

    I just loved your bread, Valentina!!!!
    Thank you very much for recipe !!!! I couldn’t follow your direction on completely cooling down before cutting ?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/05/2018, 11:54 am Link Reply

      You just made my day, Vita! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this easy bread. (And I loved your lack of following instructions, haha ;)..)

  • Alina K 11/29/2018, 9:04 am Link Reply

    Made this recipe for my family. My husband loves it. Thank you for sharing

    • Valentina's Corner 11/29/2018, 12:56 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Alina. Thanks so much for letting us know. Making the Mr. happy is a pretty big deal :)!!
      Thanks for being a part of our online home.

  • Tamara 05/26/2018, 8:29 am Link Reply

    I used 100% Italian whole wheat organic flour and it turned out delicious!!! Without parchment paper, I used olive oil for ointing and twisting the dough, and spread some sesame seeds on top. Excellent and easy to knead, thank you!!

    • admin 05/27/2018, 6:26 pm Link Reply

      That sounds WONDERFUL, Tamara. Will definitely try it. Thanks for the idea and for trying our recipe :)!

  • jessica 10/09/2017, 12:54 pm Link Reply

    If I’ll shape the dough into 2 loaves what would be the baking time? Thanks

    • admin 10/09/2017, 6:56 pm Link Reply

      Hi Jessica,
      I think the loaves will be too small if shaped into two loaves. However, you can try it. The baking time will definitely be less but without trying it first, I cannot guess how much less, sorry!.

  • Tzivia 08/08/2017, 9:26 pm Link Reply

    Valachka made this bread today and omg it’s nearly gone my sissy had about 2 or 3 slices with her late lunch and she was totally smitten I had a homemade sub and wow I must say was so seriously really yummy and super scrumptious with my homemade filling the bread didn’t get soggy like it does with store bought sweetheart thanx so much this really great awesome recipe I am definitely gonna be making this quite more often this definitely puts me closer to my Russian heritage enjoy your summer g-d bless and cheers

    • admin 08/11/2017, 12:48 pm Link Reply

      Oh my, Tzivia. A homemade sub sounds wonderful right about now, yumm! So glad you and your sis were able to enjoy this easy bread. 🙂 Thanks for trying our recipes from our online home. We love having you visit.

  • judi 07/11/2017, 11:21 am Link Reply

    i just copieed this recipe so havent tried it yet but am planning on doing it soon.looks easy i was glad to get it as i am half russian and dont have many russian recipes.will be looking for more

    • admin 07/11/2017, 6:07 pm Link Reply

      That’s awesome, Judi. Search our blog and enjoy the many recipes we have. 🙂 Welcome to our online home! 🙂

  • Diana 03/10/2016, 9:47 pm Link Reply

    Made this bread. It’s so good. Made one just white the second used 2 cups white and 1 1/2 cups whole wheat. Everyone loved it. ( just wanted to ask if you were serious about letting them cool all the way cause that didn’t happen in my family)??

    • admin 03/11/2016, 10:41 am Link Reply

      Dianochka. I love that it worked with adding whole wheat, thanks for adding that for others to know..? Your last sentence put a huge smile on my face, too sweet, Thank you!!! ??

  • Natalya 03/09/2016, 5:37 pm Link Reply

    Hello Valinka,
    Do you have a good sour rye bread recipe? Thank you for a Christ focused blog!!! God bless you and your family!

    • admin 03/09/2016, 10:34 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much, comment is so appreciated!:) Sooo glad Christ is seen in our blog.. You know what, I think my mammochka actually has a recipe. I will definitely ask her and post it. Thank you for the idea..:-)..

  • Yvonne 01/12/2016, 10:38 pm Link Reply

    Hi, can I use bread flour and wholemeal flour in 50:50 ratio? Or 60:40 ratio.

    • admin 01/13/2016, 2:08 am Link Reply

      Hi Yvonne.
      Honestly, I have never tried it with that ratio but if you will try maybe start with 70:30. Sorry, not very helpful, I know:/.. I’d love to hear your results if you do try it! :)..

  • Tanya 12/22/2015, 11:58 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina! Which flour is best to use for this bread?

    • admin 12/23/2015, 12:39 am Link Reply

      You can use any good quality flour. Canadian flour works great!:)

  • midnitglory 12/11/2015, 1:58 pm Link Reply

    Hi thanks so much for the recipe! I love the way you twisted your bread. Im going to do that next time I make a sweet roll or rolls with poppy seed filling:)

    • admin 12/11/2015, 4:27 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much midnitglory:).. Mmm. that sounds good, love the idea.

  • Tatyana 05/13/2015, 3:56 pm Link Reply

    Valentina! Thank you for such a delicious bread I used my bread maker to make a dough and it was ease peasy …

    • admin 05/13/2015, 10:34 pm Link Reply

      Tatyana, oh this is wonderful to hear!. Thank you.. Thank you:)

  • Marina 05/11/2015, 5:37 pm Link Reply

    I like how you twisted the dough before baking. Pinned!

    • admin 05/12/2015, 9:52 am Link Reply

      Thanks Marinka. Yes, I like to twist it. I think it looks kinda pretty and helps rise round and not flatten as much, or so I think:). Thanks bunches for the pin. Ur the sweetest nurse I know!!. Oh I like the sound of that, Nurse Marina.. 🙂

      • Marina 05/27/2015, 5:57 am Link

        Not a nurse yet. In the making though 😀

  • Inna 05/08/2015, 3:06 pm Link Reply

    I’m a fellow bread lover:) I can eat bread with every meal and not get tired of it. Will have to try this one when I get a chance. One of my dreams would be to take some classes to learn how to make authentic artisan bread

    • admin 05/08/2015, 6:12 pm Link Reply

      Innochka, I will so join you in those classes!!. That idea just made me smile and my stomach turned with joy;) hehe;).

  • alena 05/07/2015, 12:16 pm Link Reply

    Can i use my kitchen aid dough hook?

    • admin 05/07/2015, 12:54 pm Link Reply

      Alenka, Yes of course:)

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