7-Grain Hearth Bread

Seven grains may seem like a lot to fit into one bread, but this wholesome loaf is loaded with flavor and nutrition.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 4 hoursDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 3⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup 7-grain cereal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil


  • In a large bowl, combine water, honey, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add buttermilk, eggs, cereal, and whole wheat flour; stir to combine. Add salt and enough bread flour to create a firm dough. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes. Return to bowl, dust the top with flour, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment, and sprinkle with cornmeal. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface, divide into 2 equal portions, and shape into round loaves. Place onto prepared pan and set aside to proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Brush the top of the risen loaves with olive oil. Using a serrated knife, slice a few lines into the surface of the dough, about 1⁄2 inch deep. Place a pan of cold water at the bottom of the oven to create steam. Bake until golden brown and hollow sounding, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool completely on a rack before serving.