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Cracked Wheat Bread

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3/4 cups cracked wheat

3/4 cups oatmeal

1 tbsp kosher salt

2 tbsp butter

1 heaping tbsp brown sugar

2 cups boiling water

Put the ingredients above in your kitchen aid mixer and let cool until it is 100 or so degrees. Sometimes I let it sit a little while then use my paddle attachment and let it spin until it cools enough. Most of the water will be absorbed after 10 or 15 minutes.

In a 1 cup measure place 1 cup warm water

2 tbsp yeast and yes, two tbsp

1 tsp sugar.

Let mixture sit until yeast starts working. Pour into cracked wheat mixture and start adding bread flour.

It usually takes 6 to 7 cups of flour but that is an estimate.

Let rise, cut into two loaves. I use two 9 x5 Pyrex loaf pans. They are hard to find. It seems like all they sell now are the 8 inch ones. If I see one in a Thrift shop, I snap it up. The dough weights about 4 lbs so you will have 2 2lb loaves. Grease your bread pans and let the dough rise again. I usually let it raise about an inch over the top of the pan. Bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes until a thermometer registers 200 degrees.

Hope I have explained this well enough. I do everything by feel and not so much measurement but it is a great recipe.

After making it the first time, you may want to adjust the salt to your taste. I probably use a little more than a tablespoon.post-1173-0-76003600-1457889461_thumb.jp

I took this loaf out of the freezer so it doesn't look quite like it really is.

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