Sunday, October 13, 2019

Cracked Wheat Bread

1 Cup cracked wheat
4 cups boiling water
5 teaspoons yeast or 2 packets
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup butter softened
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten optional
2 cups warm water
1 cup cracked wheat
6 cups whole wheat flour
5-6 cups all purpose flour

Makes four loaves OR two loaves and approx. 24 rolls.

1. Add cracked wheat and boiling water into a large mixing bowl. Let soak for about 15 minutes until mixture has cooled.  Sprinkle yeast on top of mixture and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.
2. In mixer bowl with dough hook installed, mix in honey, butter, salt, vital wheat gluten, additional cracked wheat, 2 cups water.
3. Mix in wheat flour one cup at a time. Continue mixing in all purpose flour until bread dough comes together in a ball. Knead in a stand mixer for 5 minutes.
4.Place dough in a large, greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Set aside until double in size.
5. Once doubled, lightly punch down dough and divide into four sections.
6. Form loaves and place into greased bread pans. (Or cut into 2 oz balls to form rolls). Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes.
7. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.
8. Cool on a baking rack for 5 minutes in pan and then remove bread from pan and let it cool completely before cutting.