Homemade Cracked Wheat Bread is a delicious loaf of bread. This homemade bread is full of flavor with a bit of texture from the cracked wheat. This recipe makes two loaves of hearty bread full of whole wheat flavor and goodness.
I love making homemade bread. There's just something amazing about the process of taking basic ingredients and turning them into a perfect loaf of bread.
Cracked wheat is a whole wheat berry that has been ground into coarse pieces. Adding it to bread gives a bit of texture and flavor. Cracked wheat is high in fiber and full of nutrients.
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.
Storing and freezing homemade bread
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.
I like to make a variety of homemade bread. Some of my favorites include Honey Oat Bread, Multigrain Bread, White Whole Wheat Bread, Potato Bread and Artisan Bread.
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Cracked Wheat Bread
- ½ Cup cracked wheat
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast (or 1 package)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup butter (softened)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup vital wheat gluten
- ¾ cup warm water
- ½ cup cracked wheat
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 2-3 cups all purpose flour.
- Add cracked wheat and boiling water into a large mixing bowl.
- Let soak for about 15 minutes until mixture has cooled
- Sprinkle yeast on top of mixture and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.
- Mix in honey, butter, salt, vital wheat gluten, additional cracked wheat, 1 cup water.
- Mix in wheat flour one cup at a time.
- Continue mixing in all purpose flour until bread dough comes together in a ball.
- Knead in a stand mixer for 5 minutes.
- Place dough in a large, greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Set aside until double in size.
- Once doubled, lightly punch down dough and divide into two sections.
- Form loaves and place into greased bread pans.
- Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes.
- Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.
- Cool on a baking rack for 5 minutes in pan and then remove bread from pan and let it cool completely before cutting.
I use a stand mixer to make and knead bread.
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allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
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
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!
Manali @ CookWithManali says
making breads is the best! love the addition of cracked wheat here Kathy!
I love making just about any kind of bread!
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I love making bread, too. This looks like a great recipe and I can't wait to give it a try 🙂
Making bread is so therapeutic!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
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!
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!
That little extra crunch just adds a ton!
It is so wonderful to see home made bread in the morning!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Love wheat breads and this one with cracked wheats look more healthy and more delish.
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
There isn't much better than homemade bread! Well, dessert maybe... This cracked wheat bread sure looks delicious! Pinned!
Thanks, Rachelle....and yep....it is delicious!
Amy (Savory Moments) says
This bread looks really beautiful! A perfect loaf.
Rahul @samosastreet.com says
Your loaves are so freaking gorgeous! I’d totally devour a few toasts right now