Cracked Wheat French Bread Recipe

This is a yummy French bread recipe that is made with whole wheat flour and cracked wheat cereal.

Summary

Preparation Time30 MinCooking Time45 Min
Ready In1 Hr 15 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthyServings8
CuisineCourse

Recipe Story

This is a recipe that I've been making for years. It's very good and to me it's pretty easy. I don't even have it written down anywhere, it's in my head.

Ingredients

 Olive oil1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Uncooked cracked wheat cereal1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Whole wheat flour1 Cup (16 tbs)
 All purpose flour4 Cup (64 tbs)
 Egg white1 , lightly beaten
 Sesame seeds1 Teaspoon
 Water2 Cup (32 tbs) (110-120 degrees)
 Dry yeast1 Tablespoon
 Sugar1 Tablespoon
 Salt1 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 465 Calories from Fat 71

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.6%

Saturated Fat 1.1 g5.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 735.9 mg30.7%

Total Carbohydrates 85 g28.5%

Dietary Fiber 7.9 g31.6%

Sugars 2.1 g

Protein 13 g25.8%

Vitamin A 0.1% Vitamin C 0.01%

Calcium 3.4% Iron 22.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

1. Place water in bowl of heavy duty stand mixer, sprinkle yeast over top and add the sugar. Let stand about 5 minutes to proof.
2. Add cracked wheat, whole wheat flour, salt and olive oil. Using dough hook, mix well.
3. Add all purpose flour. The amount you add is subjective, depending on your flour and the humidity levels at the time. You know you have the right amount of flour when the dough clings to the dough hook and doesn't leave any dough on the sides of the bowl. Knead on low to medium speed (I used 2 on my mixer) until dough is smooth and elastic. About 5 minutes.
4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise til double. About 45-60 minutes.
5. When doubled, punch down and return to mixer bowl and knead again for about 5 minutes.
6. Place dough back in oiled bowl and let rise again til doubled.
7. When doubled, punch down and turn out on to board or counter. Let rest a few minutes. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into long loaf, about 12-15 inches long. Place on baking stone or greased baking sheet. Slash the tops diagonally in 3-4 places. Brush tops with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
8. Place in cold oven and turn oven on to 375. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when turned over and tapped.
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