pum·​per·​nick·​el | \ˈpəm-pər-ˌni-kəl \

Definition of pumpernickel 

: a dark coarse sourdough bread made of unbolted rye flour

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The problem is, most rye and pumpernickel bread in grocery stores is made with refined flours. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 17 July 2018 His bowl is garnished with big pumpernickel croutons, which is one of the only items the couple purchases ready-made, says Valentina. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Along Norwood’s Automile, outstanding Turkish cuisine at Gyro & Kebab House," 7 May 2018 The problem is, most rye and pumpernickel bread in this country is made with refined flours. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 2 Mar. 2017 Chef Katianna Hong slow-roasts the whole bulbous vegetable in embers, then cuts it into thick meaty slices, places it on pumpernickel rye porridge with the texture of Cream of Wheat and seasons it with a spicy mustard vinaigrette. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charter Oak evolves into a Napa dining destination," 28 Mar. 2018 Within the tartare, bits of toasted pumpernickel add crunch, pickled pears contribute acidity and fermented-garlic-glaze trumpet mushrooms boost the umami factor. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Bellemore review: Papadopoulos finally gets to cook with 'head, heart and soul'," 20 Feb. 2018 Whole roasted carrots with pumpernickel and sauerkraut puree or slick dan dan noodles twirled with slivered zucchini and succulent oyster mushrooms. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Vedge duo to open Fancy Radish in D.C.," 10 Jan. 2018 Also, black pumpernickel, which adds a nice earthiness. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Oh My Goth: The Food Trend as Black as Your Heart," 27 Oct. 2017 Enjoy on a sandwich with some pumpernickel bread or just spread it on some crackers. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Taste while you cook. That's how good food becomes perfect, Garage Bar chef says," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pumpernickel

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pumpernickel

German, from pumpern to break wind + Nickel goblin; from its reputed indigestibility

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English Language Learners Definition of pumpernickel

: a heavy and dark type of bread made from rye


pum·​per·​nick·​el | \ˈpəm-pər-ˌni-kəl \

Kids Definition of pumpernickel

: a dark rye bread

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