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Cracked-Wheat Bread

A delicious wheat bread with a hint of honey. Great for a sandwich, perfect toasted!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Inactive Time1 hr 55 mins
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, Wheat, Yeast
Servings: 2 Loaves
Author: Emily ~ Garlic & Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • 3 c Water
  • 1 c finely ground Ralston
  • 3/4 c Milk
  • 3 T Honey
  • 2 T Butter
  • 1 T Molasses
  • 1 T Salt
  • 1/4 c warm Water
  • 2- 1/4 oz packets Active Dry Yeast (or 1 1/2 T)
  • 4 c All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 c Whole Wheat Flour

Instructions

  • Boil the 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan.  Once boiling, gradually add the Ralston while stirring, making sure there are no lumps.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until all the moisture is absorbed.  Remove from heat and stir in milk, honey, butter, molasses and salt. Mix until well combined.  Let the mixture cool.
  • When cooled, in a large bowl combine the 1/4 c of warm water and yeast packages. Let stand until the yeast is dissolved*. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Stir the cooked cereal mixture into the dissolved yeast then gradually stir in all the flour.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured board and need for at least 10 minutes. I find that I need to keep adding a lot of flour to the board, my hands and the dough so it isn't too sticky.
  • Place dough in an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel or some plastic wrap sprayed with Pam. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume; about 1 hour.  While waiting for the dough to rise, grease 2 loaf pans.
  • When the dough is risen, punch down, knead a few times and divide in half. Place the each half into a loaf pan and let rise again until doubled in volume; about 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350.
  • Bake the bread for about 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove the loaves to a rack and cool completely.

Notes

*If your yeast isn't dissolving you can add just the littlest bit of sugar to "feed" the yeast.  It might help.  If it doesn't, your water might be too hot and you may have killed the yeast. If that is the case, you will have to start this part over.