Saturday, February 23, 2008

Cracked Wheat Bread

I make bread twice a week. I have tried many different recipes, but I always come back to this one because my family loves it so much. My grandma has been making this recipe for 20 years. You can buy cracked wheat at any health food store, or kitchen specialty store. (P.S. My bread is ugly...I can't seem to make a pretty loaf of bread :), but it sure does taste yummy!)

Mix in a mixing bowl for a minute:
½ cup shortening
1 cup powdered milk
3 cups very warm water

Add to mixing bowl:
8 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp salt
1 cup cracked wheat
5-6 cups bread flour (I do 2 cups whole wheat flour & 4 cups bread flour)

Stir in a separate bowl while above is mixing:
1 cup warm water
1 ½ Tbsp yeast
pinch of sugar

Let the yeast grow for 5-10 minutes while the other bowl is mixing. Add yeast mixture to bowl. Mix for 2 minutes, then add more flour until ready (1-2 more cups). Let it knead with a dough hook for 15 minutes (or knead by hand, ugh.) Let it rise until double in size, around an hour. Cut into 3 loaves. Shape and place in loaf pans lined with Crisco. Let rise for about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 35 or so minutes. To check if it is done, knock on the underside of the crust – it should sound hollow.


Dillon and Christie said...

Oh, that looks really good actually! I was just thinking today that I should learn to make some good bread because we go through so much! I'm excited to try this! And yahoo! Someone else posted a recipe! I'm so stoked.

Christian & Jennifer said...

Yum, I wanted a good recipe for bread! I'll have to try this one soon! (And my bread is always ugly, too. ALWAYS.)

Christian & Erin said...

P.S. I forgot to tell you that I put my cracked wheat in a small amount of boiling water (around 1/2-2/3 cup) and let it sit for an hour to soften it. Then I lessen the amount of water to 2 1/2 cups instead of 3. This isn't necessary, but it makes the cracked wheat a little less crunchy!

Williamson Fam said...

Erin, this looks so good, i think i may atempt to make it, wish me luck since yeast doesnt seem to like to me..

Dillon and Christie said...

I made this last week and it turned out great:). Thanks for the recipe!