Westphalian pumpernickel –

the regional classic with character

Character comes with time! Westphalian pumpernickel is baked at excess pressure in a steam baking chamber for at least 20 hours, yet at a temperature of only 100 degrees Celsius. Thus, it would be more accurate to say it is cooked rather than baked. This ensures the vitamin and fibre preservation which, apart from giving the bread its characteristic colour and texture, is also responsible for its moist and slightly sweet taste.

A true fibre powerhouse! Wholemeal rye provides the bread’s basis. Since the complete rye kernels are used, valuable vitamins and minerals are retained. Pumpernickel is one of the highest dietary-fibre bread varieties. Therefore, it provides a valuable contribution when it comes to covering the daily fibre needs.

Unique flavour and highly versatile! The delicately-malty sweetness and a light hint of acidity gives the “Black Gold of Westphalia” its one-of-a-kind taste. Whether enjoyed as a light breakfast with cheese, as an in-between snack, or simply as a special taste explosion, served as dessert – pumpernickel rounds off both hearty and sweet toppings.

What makes it so special – regional and international! Westphalian pumpernickel is the only bread in Germany that is allowed to bear the “protected geographical indication” seal. This fills us with pride – which is why, with its membership in the “Westfälisch genießen e.V.” association, Mestemacher fosters the preservation of regional cuisine. However, Mestemacher’s Westphalian speciality also convinces international consumers, and it was distinguished by the Brussels “International Taste and Quality Institute” with the premium flavour award in 2019.

Bread speciality at a glance

  • Delicately-sweet, slightly-malty wholemeal bread, made from valuable rye wholemeal
  • Unique aroma, thanks to gentle baking time (up to 20 hours)
  • High fibre content
  • Long shelf-life ensured by pasteurisation – completely without preservatives
  • Original Westphalian recipe, and the bread’s characteristics have remained unchanged since 1871
  • Ideal as a snack, but also as a special taste experience with hearty and sweet toppings