Cracked Wheat French Bread

You can find cracked wheat on the baking aisle of the supermarket; other sources include your local co-op or health food store.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 4 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cracked wheat
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 packages (0.25- oz.) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups bread flour

Directions

  • Place cracked wheat, butter, and salt in a heatproof bowl. Place water in microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes or until boiling. Pour over cracked wheat mixture; stir until butter melts. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Add egg, orange juice, and buttermilk to cracked wheat mixture and stir; mixture should be lukewarm. Add yeast and 1 cup whole wheat flour; beat to combine. Add remaining cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup bread flour; beat well. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Stir down dough and gradually add enough remaining bread flour to form a firm dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead until elastic, about 6–7 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down dough, turn out onto floured surface, cover with bowl, and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll or pat out each half into a 12" x 8" rectangle. Tightly roll up, starting with longer side.
  • Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Slash top of dough with a sharp knife. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake bread for 40–50 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped with finger. Let cool on wire rack.

Recipe Information

Serves: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cracked wheat
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 packages (0.25- oz.) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups bread flour

Directions

  • Place cracked wheat, butter, and salt in a heatproof bowl. Place water in microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes or until boiling. Pour over cracked wheat mixture; stir until butter melts. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Add egg, orange juice, and buttermilk to cracked wheat mixture and stir; mixture should be lukewarm. Add yeast and 1 cup whole wheat flour; beat to combine. Add remaining cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup bread flour; beat well. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Stir down dough and gradually add enough remaining bread flour to form a firm dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead until elastic, about 6–7 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down dough, turn out onto floured surface, cover with bowl, and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll or pat out each half into a 12" x 8" rectangle. Tightly roll up, starting with longer side.
  • Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Slash top of dough with a sharp knife. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake bread for 40–50 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped with finger. Let cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories160
Total Fat2.5g
Saturated Fat1g
Cholesterol10mg
Sodium110mg
Total Carbohydrate30g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars1g
Protein6g