Pickle-Juice Bread-Machine Bread


This recipe, the product of long experimentation, produces a dense and zesty loaf. Warning: highly addictive (in the best way)!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
1 3-pound loaf


  • 1 ½ cups pickle juice

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 3 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ cup wheat germ

  • ¾ cup rolled oats

  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast


  1. Put dill pickle juice, water, vegetable oil, salt, white sugar, wheat germ, oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and yeast, respectively, in the pan of a bread machine.

  2. Select Sandwich and Three-Pound Loaf settings; press Start. Cycle should take about 3 hours 10 minutes to complete.

  3. Remove loaf from bread pan and allow to cool on wire rack at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

'Pickle juice' means the juice from a jar of pickles. The proportion of pickle juice to water can be varied as desired, so long as the total liquid is 2 cups.

Similarly for the dry ingredients: 3 cups white flour, 1 cup whole-wheat flour, and 1 1/2 cups of any flour substitute will work well as long as the total is 5 1/2 cups.

If your bread machine doesn't have 'sandwich' and 'three-pound' settings, you'll have to experiment with your settings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
4g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 114mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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