This cracked wheat bread is delicious and nutritious. You get a ton of fiber without a lot of strong whole wheat flavor.
What is cracked wheat you ask? It's whole wheat berries that have been crushed or chopped. To use cracked wheat in bread, you soak it in boiling water first, and then add the rest of the ingredients to make the bread.
The resulting bread is perfect for toast, sandwiches, and especially sliced and slathered in butter. I suspect it will not last long in this house.
It's incredibly easy to make and the dough is really easy to work with. Give this bread a try. You can make your own healthy bread!
Cracked Wheat Bread
Recipe slightly adapted from Red Star Yeast
1 1/4 C plus 1 T water
2 T vegetable oil
4 ounces cracked wheat (I got mine from King Arthur Flour)
14 ounces bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 T sugar
2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- Bring the water to a boil and add the oil. Pour it over the cracked wheat in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow the mixture to cool to about 90 degrees F.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together until all of the ingredients are combined.
- Knead with the dough hook for about 7 minutes, adding water by the tablespoon if the dough is too stiff. The dough should be smooth but not sticky.
- Place the dough into an oiled bowl or dough rising bucket, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise until doubled in a warm spot in your kitchen.
- Flatten the dough into a 14 by 7 inch rectangle and roll into a loaf starting with a 7 inch side of the rectangle. Pinch the seams together and place the loaf, seam side down, into an oiled 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise until it crests over the top of the loaf pan.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake the loaf for about 35 minutes until the interior of the loaf reaches about 190 degrees F and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Slice and enjoy!
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