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7-Grain Salt-Free Bread
Soaking grains in boiling water is an old European technique. Grains absorb moisture and soften, yielding a moist and nutritious bread. Flavor is added with a hint of orange.
Yield: 1 loaf
  • Medium Size Loaf (1½ lb. bread machine)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp honey
  • ⅔ cup 7- grain cereal
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tsp vital wheat gluten
  • 1 orange rind, grated
  • 2¼ tsp Red Star Active Dry Yeast

  • Large Size Loaf (2 lb. bread machine)
  • 1⅔ cup water
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 cup 7- grain cereal
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 TBSP vital wheat gluten
  • 1 orange rind, grated
  • 1 TBSP Red Star Active Dry Yeast
Bread Machine Method
  1. Heat water to boiling. Place ingredients in bread pan in order listed. Select BASIC setting. Using delay feature on bread machine, program bread to be finished in 12 to 24 hours. 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.

Traditional Method
  1. Reserve ⅓ cup water. Heat remaining water to the boiling point and pour over 7-grain cereal; allow to set for 12 to 24 hours. Combine ⅓ cup water, vegetable oil, and honey; heat to 120º to 130ºF. In a medium size bowl, mix together grated orange rind, 1 cup whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten and yeast; add liquid ingredients and moistened cereal. Beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Add enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.

Rising, Shaping and Baking
  1. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl; turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Shape into a round loaf. Place on greased cookie sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after touching. With a very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 slashes, ¼- inch deep on top of loaf; cut crosswise, to make a crisscross design. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on rack.

  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.
We used Bob's Red Mill 7-Grain Cereal, a combination of barley, flax, oat, rice, rye, triticale and wheat.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice (Medium Loaf) Calories: 120 Total Fat: 1.5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 23g Sugar: 2g Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. I would like to try making this bread in the machine but I’m concerned about that the boiling water may kill the yeast effect. Or, is the Red Star Active Dry Yeast essential?

    • Hi Elena,
      The key is to add the ingredients in the order listed, and to use the delay setting. The 7-grain cereal will absorb the water and buffer the yeast from the high temperature. The delay is necessary to allow time for the cereal to absorb the water.

      Happy baking!

  2. Good flavor! I didn’t get much rise during baking but I think I made the slashes too deep after I shaped the loaf. Maybe this prevented the dough from rising fully as it baked.

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