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Cracked Wheat Bread

This bread has long been one of my favorite homemade yeast bread recipes. Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fine bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water -- 100-110 deg.
  • 1/4 cup butter -- softened
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


Cook the cracked wheat in the boiling water about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking until all the water is absorbed. Dissolve the yeast in the 1/3 cup lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl and let proof. Stir the butter, salt, molasses, honey, and milk into the cooked cracked wheat. Cool to lukewarm, then add to the yeast mixture. With a large spoon or with one hand, start stirring in the flours, 1 cup at a time.
When the dough is stiff enough to work, turn out on a floured board and knead a good 10 to 12 minutes, working in a little of the remaining flour as necessary. When smooth and elastic, shape into a ball and put in a buttered bowl, turning to coat with butter. Cover, place in a warm, draft-free spot, and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down and shape into two loaves.
Put in well-buttered 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans, cover, and let rise again until doubled in bulk, or until the dough reaches the tops of the pans.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes, or until the loaves sound hollow when tapped on top and bottom. Cool on racks.

Adapted from "Beard on Bread" by James Beard.

Makes 2 loaves, about 24 slices

Calories per slice: 138
Fat per slice: 2.4g

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