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Cracked Wheat Bread

March 12, 2016 (Last Updated: January 5, 2019)

Homemade Cracked Wheat Bread

I think my favorite food to bake is bread….well, maybe it’s dessert.  No…it’s definitely bread, but desserts are a close second.

Cracked Wheat Bread cut into slices.

Cracked wheat is simply grains of wheat that have been crushed into bits.  Adding it to bread gives a bit of texture and flavor.  Cracked wheat is high in fiber and full of nutrients.  Loaves of Cracked Wheat Bread

Most cracked wheat recipes call for soaking the cracked wheat in boiling water first to help soften the hard kernel.  I do that too, but because I like a bit more texture I also add additional cracked wheat that hasn’t been soaked.  This bread is perfect for slicing and used for sandwiches.

But it’s also really great toasted with butter and jam in the morning.  Once the loaves are cooled, I slice both loaves.  I keep one for eating and throw one in the freezer.  Homemade bread only stays fresh for a couple of days.

Freezing one lets me have homemade bread all week long.  I just pull the second loaf out mid week.  Because it is pre-sliced it is easy to use right away.  The kids will often make their sandwiches on the bread while it’s still frozen.  It thaws quickly and their sandwich is perfect by lunch time.

Cracked wheat bread loaves ready for the oven.

I like to make a variety of homemade bread. Some of my favorites include Honey Oat Bread, White Whole Wheat Bread, and Artisan Bread.

Cracked Wheat bread dough rising.

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5 from 2 votes
Homemade cracked wheat bread
Cracked Wheat Bread
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 35 mins

Homemade bread made with cracked wheat

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracked Wheat Bread, homemade bread
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 Cup cracked wheat
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or 1 package
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten optional
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup cracked wheat
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2-3 cups all purpose flour.
  1. Add 1/2 cracked wheat and boiling water into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Let soak for about 15 minutes until mixture has cooled
  3. Sprinkle yeast on top of mixture and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in honey, butter, salt, vital wheat gluten, additional cracked wheat, 1 cup water.
  5. Mix in wheat flour one cup at a time.
  6. Continue mixing in all purpose flour until bread dough comes together in a ball.
  7. Knead in a stand mixer for 5 minutes.
  8. Place dough in a large, greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Set aside until double in size.
  9. Once doubled, lightly punch down dough and divide into two sections.
  10. Form loaves and place into greased bread pans.
  11. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes.
  12. Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.
  13. Cool on a baking rack for 5 minutes in pan and then remove bread from pan and let it cool completely before cutting.
Recipe Notes

Vital wheat gluten helps create a lighter bread that isn't too dense.
I use a stand mixer to make and knead bread.

Nutrition Facts
Cracked Wheat Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Potassium 75mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    March 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Love this GORGEOUS loaf Kathy!!! You have outdone yourself. I love bread too and more than dessert. I used to mill all my own flour and bake my own bread. Now with four kids going a million different directions, I just don’t have the time to do the millling and I miss it so much. Is till occasionally make bread. You recipe is perfect. I somteimes add a bit of soy lecithin to mine and that is supposed to improve the shelf life. But it never even lasts that long around here so I don’t know why I bother. lol

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      March 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      I’m impressed! I have only milled flour a couple of times. I keep thinking I need to get back into it. Just keeps things one step closer to nature!

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    March 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    making breads is the best! love the addition of cracked wheat here Kathy!

    • Reply
      March 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      I love making just about any kind of bread!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    March 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I love making bread, too. This looks like a great recipe and I can’t wait to give it a try 🙂

    • Reply
      March 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Making bread is so therapeutic!

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    March 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I have to agree with you there, Kathy! I love making bread. There’s something so satisfying and relaxing about the whole process. This recipe looks lovely. I can totally see myself smearing some butter on here and eating straight out of the oven!

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    [email protected]
    March 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Mmmm – I am imagining this beauty toasted with butter and jam. You’ve put me in my happy place! And I like that you kept a few little crunchy kernels of cracked wheat! The texture is everything!

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      March 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      That little extra crunch just adds a ton!

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    March 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

    It is so wonderful to see home made bread in the morning!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 15, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Love wheat breads and this one with cracked wheats look more healthy and more delish.

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    March 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    There isn’t much better than homemade bread! Well, dessert maybe… This cracked wheat bread sure looks delicious! Pinned!

    • Reply
      March 15, 2016 at 4:45 am

      Thanks, Rachelle….and yep….it is delicious!

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    March 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    This bread looks really beautiful! A perfect loaf.

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    March 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Your loaves are so freaking gorgeous! I’d totally devour a few toasts right now

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