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Cracked Wheat Bread

Cracked Wheat Bread
The buzz word for better health is fiber. Besides adding flavor and texture to bread, cracked wheat also adds incredible nutritional value.
Yield 1 (9×5-inch) loaf



  • 1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 cup cracked wheat
  • 3 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Prepare cracked wheat: Bring water to a boil. Place cracked wheat in small mixing bowl and pour water over it; stir to fully incorporate wheat. Let cool to 120-130ºF.
  • In stand mixer bowl, add 1 cup bread flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Add cooled cracked wheat and oil to flour mixture. Using a paddle attachment, blend on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about 1 hour.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14×7-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.


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Review & Comments

Terry | Reply

By cracked wheat do you mean bulgar? If so, which grind? #1,2 or 3?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Terry – Cracked wheat is not the same as bulgur. Cracked wheat is whole raw wheat berries that have been milled into smaller pieces. You can find it in most baking aisles or online.
I hope you will find this information helpful.
Happy baking!

Tocklai | Reply

I made this bread several times by hand in the year 2020 successfully. I unfortunately did not print the recipe. It had options of making 1 lb.loaf by hand, by processor and in the bread machine. I feel the recipe here is not the same and quantities have changed . How can I get the old recipe please ?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Tocklai,
The bread machine version of this recipe can now be found here:
Happy baking!

Tocklai | Reply

5 stars
Thank you so much for your prompt response to my query. It is a life saver. A favourite with the family.

Red Star Yeast |

You’re welcome, Tocklai!

Mary Fil | Reply

I am an experienced baker and always looking for new recipes. Just had a slice of this fresh baked loaf. I am disappointed in the wet crumb. It is nicely browned and looks good. Flavour is good and hope toasting will improve texture.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Mary,
Ovens (and therefore bake times) can vary, next time try baking to an internal temperature of 190 degrees F. Our customer support would be happy to help you troubleshoot!
Happy baking!

Lisa | Reply

4 stars
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.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

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!

marijka | Reply

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.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

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!

Catherine | Reply

I have made all kinds of bread for years and this cracked wheat recipe is by far the best bread I’ve tasted. Thank you so much

diane | Reply

5 stars
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

Barbara | Reply

5 stars
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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