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Bulgur Wheat Apple Cider Walnut Bread

Bulgar Wheat Apple Cider Walnut Bread
Hearty and dense sandwich bread using Bulgar wheat and filled with flavors of fall with apple cider and walnuts.
Yield 1 (9×5-inch) loaf



  • 3/8 cup Bulgur wheat
  • 1/2 cup boiling apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cups cold apple cider
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon coarse whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts (chopped)


  • Place Bulgur wheat in a small bowl and cover with ½ cup boiling cider. Stir with a spoon; cover and let sit for 10 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  • Place the remaining 1¼ cups apple cider in a medium saucepan and warm over low heat, just until it is warm – not hot – to the touch (110-115°F).
  • Pour warm cider into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add yeast and brown sugar and mix with a whisk until yeast has dissolved. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, plumped Bulgur wheat, salt and canola oil. Using the hook attachment, mix on low speed for 1 minute to combine ingredients. Switch to medium speed and mix for 10 minutes. Dough will form a loose ball.
  • Add walnuts and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to an oiled, medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap or clean towel. Let rise in a warm place (70-75°F) for 2 hours, or until almost doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough to release air bubbles; turn dough out onto a floured surface. Form dough (use rolling pin or fingers to shape it) into a 12×6-inch rectangle, and position it so that a long side is facing you.
  • Fold the 2 short ends onto the top so they meet in the middle. Starting with the closest end, roll dough away from you into a tight log, pinching edges to seal.
  • Place loaf in an oiled 9x5x4-inch loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. (Tip: spray plastic wrap with oil to prevent dough from sticking.)
  • Let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour; loaf will rise to slightly above the top of pan.
  • Preheat oven to 385°F.
  • Remove plastic wrap and dust top of loaf with remaining tablespoon of whole wheat flour.
  • Place pan in center rack of preheated oven and bake for approximately 50 minutes. Finished loaf will be medium brown on top.
  • Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes, then run a sharp knife around the sides of the loaf to release it from the pan. Invert pan to remove loaf.
  • Let loaf finish cooling on wire rack. Slice and enjoy!


Recipe by Sweet Recipeas.

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Review & Comments

John Bilic | Reply

5 stars
A great and simple recipe for an honest whole grain loaf. I ended up dropping the walnuts as it was bringing it to work and wasn’t sure about nut allergies of co-workers.

Mark | Reply

When you say bulgar wheat, do you mean ..bulgar wheat flour??

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Mark,

You use bulgur wheat for this recipe not flour. In Step 1 you hydrate it so it softens it for the bread.

Happy Baking!

Helena | Reply

Hi. What kind of apple cider does the recipe require? Can it be Somersby or Strongbow or similar?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Helena,

I would use a non-alcoholic Apple Cider. Any brand would work!

Happy Baking!

Rick | Reply

what are the nutritional information? I am carb counting

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Rick,

We do not have calculated nutritional’s for our recipes. I would use this nutritional calculator to help you determine. The serving size typically of a loaf is 10-12 slices. It all depends on how thick you cut the slices.

Happy Baking!

Paul Leddy | Reply

Do I have to use canola oil?
I keep olive oil and vegetable oil in my pantry because I use them often.
I’m not seeing canola oil as something I need to keep on hand.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Paul – You can swap in the vegetable oil for canola oil.
Happy baking!

Eileen | Reply

I don’t have a mixer. What are the instructions for doing this manually?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Eileen – Step 3: Add ingredients to a mixing bowl. Whisk together and let stand 5 minutes. Step 4: Add ingredients listed, mix together using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Once combined, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until dough is smooth and elastic. Step 5: Pat dough out into a rectangle, sprinkle walnuts over top. Fold dough over on itself and gently knead a minute or two until walnuts are mixed evenly throughout dough. Continue with step 6.
Happy baking!

Terry | Reply

Can I successfully use white whole wheat flour in this recipe?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Terry,
Yes, if your just substituting the white whole wheat flour for the whole wheat flour in the recipe, then it’s a 1:1 replacement (1 cup plus 1 Tbsp).

Happy baking!

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