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Bread Machine 7-Grain Salt-Free Whole Wheat Bread

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Soaking grains in boiling water is an old European technique. Grains absorb moisture, yielding a moist and nutritious bread. Flavor is added with a hint of orange.
Yield 1 loaf



Medium Loaf (1 1/2-pound bread machine)

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 2/3 cup 7-grain cereal (See note)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
  • 1 orange rind, grated
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast

Large Loaf (2-pound bread machine)

  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup 7-grain cereal (See note)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  • 1 orange rind, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Red Star Active Dry Yeast


  • 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. Once cycle starts mixing, 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, 1/2 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.


Get Traditional Bread Making Method here.
We used a 7-Grain Cereal with a combination of barley, flax, oat, rice, rye, triticale and wheat.

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Review & Comments

Sande | Reply

I’m having trouble with the “add all ingredients to the pan” instruction. Wouldn’t putting yeast into a dough made with boiling water kill it? shouldn’t the cereal be put into the boiling water and let to cool before adding it to the machine?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sande – 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!

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