Whole wheat bread with sunflower seeds, cracked wheat, and honey.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. In a large bowl, mix remaining 3 1/2 cups warm water, honey, molasses, oil, eggs and lemon juice. Mix well. Add yeast mixture and stir.

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  • Gradually add 5 cups whole wheat flour beating well after each addition. Add the flax, cracked wheat and sunflower seeds, stir well.

  • Let stand for 20 minutes, until mixture is very light. Stir in salt and the rest of the flours until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  • Knead 10 to 15 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Put into a greased bowl and cover, let rise in the oven with light on until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Punch down and shape into 6 round balls. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.

  • Form into loaves and let rise covered in oven until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) 25-35 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

94 calories; 2.2 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 133 mg sodium. 16.6 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
This is the BEST bread recipe! I make it at least twice a week (6 kids.) The flavor is sensational--my very favorite. A few changes to make it easier, more nutritious, and fluffier. I use 100% whole wheat flour (no white flour) I use instant yeast and I do add 2 tbsp each of dough enhancer, lecithin, and vital wheat gluten. This bread is so light, fluffy, and delicious everybody just LOVES it. I don't do all the separate rising stages anymore, too much work, too much time, and too much mess. I just throw all the ingredients in at once, mix it up, knead it, put it in the loaf pans, (if you coat your hands with crisco this is much cleaner and easier) put them in the oven with the oven light on to rise, then when they are risen enough turn the oven on and bake them. It doesn't hurt them at all to be in the oven while it preheats. The loaves come out perfect: light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/03/2013
Not the best taste. I halved this recipe to 36 and got 2 loaves. I had hoped it would have great flavor looking at the ingredients but it's pretty bland. Turned out nice in that they rose nice they are moist not a brick of wheat bread as some can be pretty loaves but flavor is lacking. Maybe another tbsp of honey? I don't know it's missing something may experiment one more time. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
This is the BEST bread recipe! I make it at least twice a week (6 kids.) The flavor is sensational--my very favorite. A few changes to make it easier, more nutritious, and fluffier. I use 100% whole wheat flour (no white flour) I use instant yeast and I do add 2 tbsp each of dough enhancer, lecithin, and vital wheat gluten. This bread is so light, fluffy, and delicious everybody just LOVES it. I don't do all the separate rising stages anymore, too much work, too much time, and too much mess. I just throw all the ingredients in at once, mix it up, knead it, put it in the loaf pans, (if you coat your hands with crisco this is much cleaner and easier) put them in the oven with the oven light on to rise, then when they are risen enough turn the oven on and bake them. It doesn't hurt them at all to be in the oven while it preheats. The loaves come out perfect: light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
This is the BEST bread recipe! I make it at least twice a week (6 kids.) The flavor is sensational--my very favorite. A few changes to make it easier, more nutritious, and fluffier. I use 100% whole wheat flour (no white flour) I use instant yeast and I do add 2 tbsp each of dough enhancer, lecithin, and vital wheat gluten. This bread is so light, fluffy, and delicious everybody just LOVES it. I don't do all the separate rising stages anymore, too much work, too much time, and too much mess. I just throw all the ingredients in at once, mix it up, knead it, put it in the loaf pans, (if you coat your hands with crisco this is much cleaner and easier) put them in the oven with the oven light on to rise, then when they are risen enough turn the oven on and bake them. It doesn't hurt them at all to be in the oven while it preheats. The loaves come out perfect: light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
I scaled the recipe to 20 and made this in my bread machine using the 1.5lb loaf whole wheat setting. It came out excellent!The best wheat bread I have ever made in my machine and I make bread daily. I din't have any lemon juice so I substitued it for water and it still worked GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
This is an excellent heavy grain bread! The recipe was easy to follow with well-known ingredients. For anyone looking for a healthy bread recipe I recommend this one! Also I varied mine after I got to know the recipe. You can replace any of the following ingredients (flax seeds cracked wheat and sunflower seeds) with equivalent amounts of old-fashioned oatmeal sesame seeds or even cracked bulgur cereal. For a nice fancy touch coat your cookie sheets with yellow cornmeal (makes a nice bottom crust on the loaves)!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
I am not an expert at breadmaking and this recipie looked a little intimidating but it really wasnt difficult to make at all. It turned out so delicious! I brought it in for my coworkers to try and they thought it was great too even better than our favorite local bakery some thought. And when I got home from work my honey had eaten half a loaf by himself! I would highly recommend this bread to wheat bread lovers like us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2004
I've made this bread a few times now and with fantastic results each time. Lovely taste and great texture. I scaled it down to 18 servings so it would work in my bread machine and I used egg whites in place of the whole egg. I've made it with all whole wheat flour adding 1 T vital wheat gluten and it still worked. Works well to grind the sunflower seeds cracked wheat and flax seeds so as to hide them from young eyes who wouldn't otherwise eat them! Love this bread! Thanks Dee Dee. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
This bread is a winner. It has a great texture--chewy and grainy--plus really good flavor. I didn't have sunflower seeds so I substituted oatmeal in its place. This recipe is VERY large so it may be better to have or even third it. I divided into 6 small round loaves like the recipes says to and baked individually on a small pan since my oven is tiny. I had to hand form the loaves because they were too sticky to roll out. I ended up using about an extra 1/2 c. of bread flour in kneading but it never really became kneadable. I ran out of bread flour at that point. Nonetheless the bread came out very good. I will make this again and do more subsituting. Maybe add dried cranberries with the sunflower seeds or walnuts and some orange zest. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
I did cut this recipe in half. I used my Kitchen Aid from beginning to end instead of making this bread by hand. I proofed my yeast with the ALL of thw warm water and sugar in my mixer bowl. After ten minutes I added the honey molasses melted butter (instead of vegetable oil I'm out until payday) eggs and lemon juice then all the dry ingredients beating well with the paddle attachment with each cup of dry as the recipe stated. I had to add just a touch more of whole wheat flour just to get it to form into a solid ball. I kneaded with my bread hook for about five minutes or so then set in a large greased bowl covered with saran wrap and a towel on a warm heating pad to rise for an hour. After it had doubled I pounded it down and shaped into a loaf and set it to rise in two loaf pans for a half hour or so. I baked it at 350 for about a half hour maybe a little more. One of the best breads my family has ever had--even my husband raved about it and he's not much for "healthy" bread. My kids and I just loved it. EXCELLENT as breakfast toast. This recipe's a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
This is simply the best bread I have ever made! Thank you for this recipe! I am opening a B&B and this is the third day in a row I have made up this delicious batch of bread! MMmmm. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
I cut the recipe in half and it worked great. This is a very tasty bread and even I had no problem with it working out! Everyone went YUMMM!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/03/2013
Not the best taste. I halved this recipe to 36 and got 2 loaves. I had hoped it would have great flavor looking at the ingredients but it's pretty bland. Turned out nice in that they rose nice they are moist not a brick of wheat bread as some can be pretty loaves but flavor is lacking. Maybe another tbsp of honey? I don't know it's missing something may experiment one more time. Read More
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