Introduction: Halloween Brimstone Bread

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I love making brimstone bread. Between the dark crunchy topping and the soft inner core, it’s perfect for everything from sandwiches, to burgers, to just slathering with butter and eating warm from the oven.

Rumor has it, when demons in Hell make this bread, they roll the dough in the deep pits of sulfur and soul dust and cook them in the hot brimstone vents. Unfortunately, as you are mortal and have neither access to soul dust or brimstone vents, I’ve had to make a few adjustments to the recipe for you.

While these rolls aren’t actually “Hell Authentic,” they’re close enough to get the job done.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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To make your own brimstone bread you will need:

  • 1 box instant bread mix
  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (between 105/115F)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups rice flour
  • Black food coloring or activated charcoal*
  • Red food coloring

*Activated charcoal can present problems for anyone who is on certain medications. While the activated charcoal does turn food a fantastically dark black color, it's better to be safe than sorry. For more information on charcoal and how it interacts with medication, check out this link. When in doubt, use a black liquid or gel food coloring.

Step 2: Get the Dough Ball Rolling

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Start by first making your boxed bread mix according to the directions. Add enough red food coloring to the dough to bring it to a deep dark blood red.

Divide your dough into 12 small balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet and cover with a damp towel.

Allow to rise for as long as the directions on your box mix indicate.

Step 3: Brimstone Black Topping Is the Secret to This Bread

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While your bread balls are rising, it’s time to make the topping. In your mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, oil, salt and rice flour. Mix your black food coloring in with your water and add that to the mix. You want your topping to be as black as you can make it, so feel free to be liberal with the food coloring. You can also augment the blackness with activated charcoal if you have that, but I wouldn’t add more than three capsules as that can change the flavor of the bread later on (please see the disclaimer in step 1 if you plan on using charcoal and are on any medications).

The topping should be thick and sticky, but still fluid enough to slowly ooze and drip off the end of your whisk.

Cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Take a big old wad of your black topping and smear it all over the top and sides of your red dough balls. Don’t worry about it being too thick, you’re better off erring on the side of too much than not enough. If the topping is too thin, it won’t crackle the way you want it to. You could do this with a knife or a spoon, but trust me when I say it’s so much easier to just use your (clean, washed and dried) hands.

Let stand, uncovered, for another 15 minutes. This allows the topping to really adhere to your dough balls.

Step 4: Mmm...disgustingly Delicious!

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Cook your bread according to the directions on your box mix, making sure that the pan is on the center rack of your oven.

As it cooks, your topping will crisp up and shrink back, creating the deep cracks and fissures that make brimstone bread so distinctive.

Once they’re done cooking, allow to cool until they are comfortable to handle. Once you can touch them without burning yourself, crack one open, slab on a fat slice of butter, and enjoy your brimstone bread!

If you want even more creepy recipes like this for Halloween, swing by my main Instructables page or check out my horror themed food blog, The Necro Nom-nom-nomicon.

Bone appetite!


MałgorzataK5 made it! (author)2017-12-30

Absolutely fabulous! Had to add a bit more rice flour, but it turned out great, with visible cracks (formed while the loaf was proofing). Instead of ready read mixture for the loaf, I used a standard bread recipe. Thanks for inspiration.

veryrealperson (author)2017-12-14

Your instructables are centered on food a category I mostly ignore. That said very well executed. I like the cover photo

astolat made it! (author)2017-10-29

I made this today for a halloween dinner party! I did a single loaf rather than rolls, and for the base I used this no-knead bread recipe, which I mixed up last night:

Of course, I forgot to put in the red food coloring, argh! When I realized this morning, I squirted some in and mixed it around while I punched the dough down. Then I did the "form dough into a ball" step from the no-knead recipe and afterwards patted some more red food color on top. (My hands were very red.) I then let the no-knead dough rest for 15 or so minutes at the same time as the black topping was resting, then I put on the topping and let it rest another 15 minutes together, and then dumped the whole parchment into the oven and baked per the no-knead recipe.

The cracking was not quite as dramatic but it still had a very cool effect, and the "bloody" bread was a big hit. Also, this recipe makes super tasty bread, and the topping was tasty also!

I used Wilton gel food color and no activated charcoal.

Thanks so much for coming up with this truly fun recipe!

Tye Rannosaurus (author)astolat2017-11-06

So glad they turned out so well for you and I have to admit, I really do like the swirl pattern as well! Could be fun to play around with other colors and see what you end up there too! Well done!

PKerrivan made it! (author)2017-10-31

It works so well! I didn't have any bread dough mix around, so I used a quick pizza dough recipe instead, and they look amazing!

locv the kronch

Those look fantastic! And what a great idea to use pizza dough!

violinviolinviolin (author)2017-11-01

we r huge fans of Hallowe'en so this is so helpfu!

Yay! Glad to help!

Starswap made it! (author)2017-10-26

The middle is a bit pink because we didn't use enough red food colouring but they look cool! Just tried a bit and they seem very tasty! Thanks

Tye Rannosaurus (author)Starswap2017-10-26

They look awesome! To be honest, the pink is pretty cool too. I've had people make them with other colors as well including blue and purple and those turned out fun as well. Glad you made them! A+!

Starswap (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-27


charronl (author)2017-10-26

ok I tried the blondie base and it worked! But we ate it to fast so I couldn’t take a picture. But it tasted good though ! I credited u in my Diary.


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2017-10-12

Just WOW! You are a pro at all Halloween foods :D

Thank you! It's my passion. :) Glad to share!

charronl (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-16

I have a question.why if you put to much food coloring,you can taste it?

Tye Rannosaurus (author)charronl2017-10-16

It depends entirely on how much you use and what kind you use. For some colors, specifically red, it can have a very bitter taste. If you're using a lot of red to bring a food to a deep hue, it's entirely possible to taste the bitter food coloring. For this reason, I use gel food colors from Wilton. They are so concentrated that a little goes a long way and you run a much lower risk of tasting them.

wilton has no taste red gel color . use that !

Thank you!

charronl (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-17

ok thank you!

MikeR368 (author)2017-10-19

Wow! Those look amazing, I'd have never have thought of doing that - well done.

Is it perhaps worth adding a note about being cautious with activated charcoal if you are on certain medications? There is a long list of common and not so common drugs which do not play nice with charcoal:,a...

Tye Rannosaurus (author)MikeR3682017-10-19

You are absolutely 100% correct and this should be included. Thank you! I'm putting it into the Instructable right now.

gamersareswag (author)2017-10-15

I thought it was a brownie... I just really like desserts xD

Hmmm...i guess if you started with a blondie base you could try this in a brownie?! Interesting...

charronl (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-17

I’ll ask my mom if I can try starting w/ the blondie base

Nate5b (author)2017-10-13

Very cool, neat blog too!

Tye Rannosaurus (author)Nate5b2017-10-16

Thank you!!!

VcetakUA (author)2017-10-15

Impressive treat, even goose bumps. Very natural and artistic. The manufacturing process is described clearly. I will make myself such.

Tye Rannosaurus (author)VcetakUA2017-10-16

Yes! If you do, tag me! I'll share you on my page!!!

graciepickle (author)2017-10-15

Never thought I'd say this, but what gorgeous bread! :) I hope there's a Halloween event coming up so I can make this!

Yes! If you do, tag me! I'll share you on my page!!!

vbanaszak (author)2017-10-15

These look beautiful! I will have to try these some time.

Yes! If you do, tag me! I'll share you on my page!!!

world of woodcraft (author)2017-10-16

Yep, you just won the coolest thing I have seen today competition! as a result I have voted for everything this is assosiated with. Well done :)

And for that, I send you a wholehearted thank you!


ThinL (author)2017-10-15

Im looking for the black coloring. Is Wilton icing color what you used? Not sure what the difference is between icing colors and food coloring. I would think the icing color would be sweet. Ive never used it.

Tye Rannosaurus (author)ThinL2017-10-16

I used the Wilton gel color for both the black and the red. It is not a sweet flavor so doesn't add sweetness. It's actually a little bitter but you use so little that you can't taste it in the final product at all.
Good luck!

baggins435 (author)2017-10-15

How does the excessive food coloring affect the taste? I can taste red food color and it usually ruins the flavor of things. Also, have you tried using caramel color instead of black, or is it not dark enough?

Never tried caramel coloring. I use the Wilton gel colors because they're so concentrated it takes far less to get the color I want than traditional liquid grocery store food coloring, which means less chance to taste the color.

roger.linhart (author)2017-10-15

When eating this bread do you notice any dental/tongue staining from the food coloring?

Not your teeth or your mouth, but you will get a little colored treat a few days after eating when you use the restroom. Nothing serious, just be aware...

phoe (author)2017-10-15

These look superb, I don't usually bake but might have to bite the bullet and go straight to hell (or the supermarket) to make some of my own ! :-)

chioma21 (author)2017-10-14

very cool

Swansong (author)2017-10-12

YES! I'm making these for dinner for our party XD

Tye Rannosaurus (author)Swansong2017-10-12

Yes! If you do, tag me! I'll share you on my page!!!

chioma21 (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-14


Riffifi (author)2017-10-13

the pic with the whisk : it looks like a monstrous dark claw XD

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