Ella's Absolutely Perfect Cracked Wheat Bread

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My mother made the most amazing cracked wheat bread when I was growing up. Warm out of the oven, and paired with her home-made strawberry jam, nothing in the world made me happier.

Now, mom is near 90 and her bread baking days are long over. But, as I was going through her cookbooks yesterday, this incredible recipe fell to the floor.

So, this is for you mom... "Ella's Absolutely Perfect Cracked Wheat Bread"... just like you.

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2 loaves


1 Hr 30 Min


45 Min




41/2-51/2 c
all purpose flour
3 c
cracked wheat
2 pkg
active dry yeast
1/4 c
honey or sugar
1 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
softened butter
2 1/4 c
hot tap water
cooking oil or butter

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine 2 cups of all purpose flour, undissolved yeast, honey or sugar and salt in a large bowl. Stir well to blend. Add butter and hot tap water.
Beat with an electric hand mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
Add 2 cups cracked wheat. Beat with electric mixer at high speed for 1 minute until thick and elastic.
Stir in remaining cracked wheat with a wooden spoon. Then gradually stir in just enough of remaining all purpose flour to make a soft dough which leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto floured board.
Knead 5 minutes or until dough is elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and then a towel. Let rest 20 minutes on board. Punch down. Divide dough in half. Shape into 2 loaves. Place in greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans. Brush dough lightly with oil. Cover pans loosely with plastic wrap.
Let rise in a warm, draft-free space for 1 hour or until doubled.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until done. Cover loosely last 5-10 minutes if becoming too brown.
Remove from pan immediately. Brush top crust with melted butter

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Savory Breads, Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom