This is my family's favorite bread. Cracked wheat and oatmeal make it a delicious and hearty loaf that's great for any kind of sandwich.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs
additional:
1 hr
total:
4 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 1.5 pound loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place water and cracked wheat in the pan of the bread machine; let soak for 1 hour.

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  • Place remaining ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select cycle; press Start.

Nutrition Facts

103 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 15g 5% DV; fat 4.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 98.3mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2008
Very good recipe but I somehow adapted it to be prepared without a bread machine: I made this by hand. Soaked wheat in 1 1/2 cups (slightly more than the recipe asks for) boiling water for 1 hour. When it was warm I mixed in the oats honey a full teaspoon of salt and in addition to the oil the recipe asks for I added 3 tablespoons softened butter. Next I dissolved 1 packet dry yeast in 1/4 warm water and placed the wheat/oat mixture and the dissolved yeast in a large bowl. Next I proceeded to add the flour 1 cup at a time. I did have to use slightly more than the recipe asked for since I wanted to make free-standing loaves. I must have used a total of 3 cups flour. I kneaded by hand until ingredients were mixed (adding flour as necessary) and then placed the dough and let it rise until tripled (yes it tripled!) in volume. Lastly I formed the dough into two loaves rolled them in oats and let them rise again until almost doubled in a greased cookie sheet. Baked at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes until loaves were golden. Family tip: when forming yeast bread loaves always save a little ball of dough (about the size of a cherry) and place it in a glass with room- temperature water. Let it sit in your kitchen while you wait for the bread to rise gently mixing the water every now and then to prevent the dough ball from sticking to the bottom of the glass. When the ball rises to the top of the water the loaves are ready to be baked!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/18/2006
This bread didn't rise very high and didn't have a lot of flavor. We wouldn't make it again. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2008
Very good recipe but I somehow adapted it to be prepared without a bread machine: I made this by hand. Soaked wheat in 1 1/2 cups (slightly more than the recipe asks for) boiling water for 1 hour. When it was warm I mixed in the oats honey a full teaspoon of salt and in addition to the oil the recipe asks for I added 3 tablespoons softened butter. Next I dissolved 1 packet dry yeast in 1/4 warm water and placed the wheat/oat mixture and the dissolved yeast in a large bowl. Next I proceeded to add the flour 1 cup at a time. I did have to use slightly more than the recipe asked for since I wanted to make free-standing loaves. I must have used a total of 3 cups flour. I kneaded by hand until ingredients were mixed (adding flour as necessary) and then placed the dough and let it rise until tripled (yes it tripled!) in volume. Lastly I formed the dough into two loaves rolled them in oats and let them rise again until almost doubled in a greased cookie sheet. Baked at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes until loaves were golden. Family tip: when forming yeast bread loaves always save a little ball of dough (about the size of a cherry) and place it in a glass with room- temperature water. Let it sit in your kitchen while you wait for the bread to rise gently mixing the water every now and then to prevent the dough ball from sticking to the bottom of the glass. When the ball rises to the top of the water the loaves are ready to be baked!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2009
Delicious light bread with a crunchy crust. I used the bread machine to mix the dough then baked it in the oven at 175C (350F) for 40 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2004
The oats get kind of lost in this but the taste is still good. The recipe turns out a pretty dense loaf if you use whole wheat flour even if you let it rise a long time. I added 2 T. gluten and used 1/4 c. flax and 1/4 c. wheat bran to replace some of the white flour. I think the recipe could use either some more honey or some more salt depending on your preference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2003
A very good bread. It was very light and crunchy. A definate keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2003
Sounds good but where are the rest of the instructions? I don't have a bread machine & not a very good baker so it would be easier with a few more instructions. Thanks Dartlove from Bolivia Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
This bread was great when fresh out of the oven. It was a little dry after it cooled. I made this in the oven after making the dough in the breadmaker so that may have something to do with it. I will try again but add a little more oil. Otherwise the flavor was good the texture just right and a crusty crust. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/18/2006
This bread didn't rise very high and didn't have a lot of flavor. We wouldn't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Excellent bread! I put a couple of teaspoons of flax seed in it and it is great either way. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/25/2010
having a hard time with this recipe. Once I get the bugs out (not using a bread machine) I'll rate this differently. Read More
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