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Cracked Wheat Bread

4.7 from 3 reviews
Cracked Wheat Bread
The nutritional buzz word for better health is fiber. Besides adding flavor and texture to bread, cracked wheat also adds incredible nutritional value.
Yield: One loaf
Ingredients
Small loaf (1 lb. bread machine)
  • ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp water
  • ½ cup cracked wheat
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2¼ cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar
  • 1½ tsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
Medium loaf (1½ lb. bread machine)
  • 1¼ cups plus 1 Tbsp water
  • ¾ cup cracked wheat
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
Large loaf (2 lb. bread machine)
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 1 cup cracked wheat
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
Instructions
Prepare cracked wheat
  1. Bring water to a boil. Place cracked wheat in small mixing bowl and pour water over it; stir. Before using, cool to 80ºF for bread machine and food processor methods OR 120º - 130ºF for mixer methods.
Bread Machine Method
  1. Have cracked wheat mixture at 80º F and all others at room temperature. Place the cracked wheat mixture in the pan first, then add remaining ingredients to pan in the order listed. Select basic cycle and medium/ normal crust. Do not use the delay timer. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. Remove bread when cycle is finished; cool. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
Mixer Methods
  1. Using ingredient amounts listed for medium loaf, combine yeast, 1 cup bread flour, and other dry ingredients (referred to as dry mixture).
  2. Hand-Held Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture with cracked wheat mixture and vegetable oil in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining bread flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.

  3. Stand Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture with cracked wheat mixture and vegetable oil in mixing bowl with paddle attachment; mix for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining bread flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth.

  4. Food Processor Method: Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add with cracked wheat mixture and vegetable oil. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding remaining bread flour until dough forms a ball.

Rising, Shaping and Baking
  1. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14x7-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in greased 9x5- inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Bake in preheated 375ºF oven 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.

  2. *You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use ½ tsp Instant Yeast OR ¾ tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.

  3. Recipe featured at Girl Versus Dough.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Slice Calories: 190 Total Fat: 3g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 35g Sugar: 2g Sodium: 290mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg
 

Cracked Wheat Bread | The nutritional buzz word for better health is fiber. Besides adding flavor and texture to bread, cracked wheat also adds incredible nutritional value. Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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6 Comments
  1. So … To use this recipe in a breadmaker, what order do I put the ingredients in? It says to pour the water over the cracked wheat, but these are ingredients 1 and 4, so how can I put them in the machine in the order written? Normally yeast goes in first in the machine to separate it from the salt, but in this order they go in together on top of the flour? I got it to work first time but I don’t know if that was just luck.

    • Hi Lisa,
      I can see where the instructions are a bit confusing. Add the water/cracked wheat mixture first, then the remaining ingredients in order listed. A helpful tip: If you make a little well (with the handle of a spoon) in the flour for the yeast, it will stay separated from the salt. I’m glad to hear that the recipe worked well for you.
      Happy baking!
      Carol

  2. The bread is in the oven and looks like a keeper, *BUT* why aren’t the ingredients in the order they’re used? This is irritating and confusing, makes it easy to miss something. I had to copy/paste the recipe into word processing to correct it. So stars for the multiple recipe sizes and methods, but reduced stars for having to proof your page.

    • Hi Marijka,
      Thank you for your comment. It’s great to hear you think this bread is a keeper! We’ll take a look at the recipe and see if we can make the recipe less confusing.

      Happy baking!
      Carol

  3. I love you guys you have helped in making better choices of breadmaking I live in canada and Bob mills and thank goodness red star yeast can now be bought at my local Costco’s thank you

  4. By far the best cracked wheat bread I have ever tasted: texture, flavor & appearance. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much for a great website! The ‘lessons’ are a huge help for us novice bakers.

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