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Nine-Grain Bread
Author: Melissa Howell
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar or honey *or 4 Tbsp. xylitol
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten optional
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 6 cups whole wheat flour divided *or 3 cups whole wheat flour and 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup nine-grain cracked cereal or any combination of cracked grains seeds, and nuts
  1. Add the yeast to the warm water and let proof for about ten minutes. The yeast should be frothy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or a mixer, add the yeast and water mixture, honey or sugar, wheat gluten (optional), salt, oil, and two cups of the whole wheat flour. Mix well on low speed.
  3. Add the cracked cereal (and seeds and nuts) and mix on high speed for about a minute.
  4. Add two more cups of flour and mix on low speed.
  5. Switch to a dough hook and add 1 1/2 to 2 cups more flour. Just add enough so that the dough doesn't stick to the side of the bowl, but sticks to the bottom a little.
  6. Remove dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Dust the bowl with a little flour and put the dough back in it.
  7. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in size.
  8. Punch down and shape into two loaves. Place into two greased and floured 9" by 5" bread pans.
  9. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or cover with a clean cloth and let rise until just above the edge of the pans.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  11. Let rest in the pans for 10-15 minutes. Then turn out onto cooling racks or a paper towel or cloth to cool.