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Cracked Wheat Bread

March 12, 2016 (Last Updated: December 21, 2019)

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Homemade Cracked Wheat Bread is a delicious loaf of bread. A loaf of bread cut into slices.

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 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.  Two loaves of homemade bread on a baking rack.

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.

Bread dough rising in a metal bread pan.

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

Bread dough rising in a large white bowl.


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 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*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    Elizabeth Farrell-Maloney
    August 26, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Hi Kathy,
    Just make the multigrain bread. Did use all of the 5 cups of flour. Bread came out well, except for the cracked wheat. There were many pieces that were so hard you could possibly break your teeth. If i decide to make again, can i soak cracked wheat and for how long? Thanks

    • Reply
      August 27, 2019 at 4:32 am

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Did you make the cracked wheat bread or the multigrain bread? When using cracked wheat, you do want to soak it first with boiling water for 15 minutes. I don’t believe my multigrain bread includes cracked wheat. If you are using it, you will want to soak it first.
      Thanks and Happy Baking!

  • 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 šŸ™‚

    • 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!

  • Reply
    March 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

    5 stars
    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!

    • Reply
      March 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      That little extra crunch just adds a ton!

  • Reply
    March 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

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

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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!

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

    This bread looks really beautiful! A perfect loaf.

  • Reply
    March 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Your loaves are so freaking gorgeous! Iā€™d totally devour a few toasts right now

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    March 14, 2016 at 9:50 am

    This bread looks so fluffy and soft, while bursting with nutrients. A total winner.

  • Reply
    March 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I love baking bread too, but I’ve never tried cracked wheat before. I love that this is such a wholesome, wheaty bread, but it still looks fluffy and light!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    March 14, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I’m with you, Kathy! I LOVE to bake bread, I find it so therapeutic. Plus you can’t beat the way it makes your home smell – so good! LOVING this cracked wheat bread! I bet the texture of this carb-a-licious bread is amazing! Perfect for sandwiches! Cheers, friend!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 14, 2016 at 5:04 am

    I think we share a baking soul, Kathy! I love baking breads, but desserts are right there close behind. Cracked wheat in bread is delicious, and I always use it when I make my grain bread. I want to try this recipe soon though…it’s been a while since I’ve made a good sandwich bread! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    March 14, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Oh GOSH, does this look good – I can almost smell it baking. Cracked wheat, here I come!!

  • Reply
    March 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

    i will have to try this. can you buy the cracked wheat at any grocery?

    • Reply
      March 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

      You can sometimes find it in the organic section. I had to buy mine in a health food store.

  • Reply
    March 13, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I’ve never made bread using cracked wheat before but it sounds like a great idea. And I do the same with the bread, make a double batch and freeze the half of it.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Kathy, you are totally inspiring me to start baking more breads! I usually shy away from breads because mine don’t always look as gorgeous as yours! But I think I need to keep practicing!!

    • Reply
      March 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      I’ll bet your loaves look just fine, but even if they aren’t perfect, the taste will still be amazing!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    March 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Hmmmm. I really like your freezing idea. Sounds like a plan. I’d rather make bread any day over dessert for the smell wafting through my house. Not that desserts don’t smell good, but bread is wonderful!

    • Reply
      March 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      The smell of baking bread is the best.

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    March 12, 2016 at 8:15 am

    5 stars
    I was just telling Hubby this morning how I wished we had some good cracked wheat bread on hand to toast with our breakfast…and here’s your recipe!! Did you post this just for me? lol! Pinning and making it so I can have yummy wheat toast with my breakfast tomorrow šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      March 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Yep…I made this just for you šŸ™‚

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