Buttermilk Honey Cracked Wheat Bread is nutty and slightly sweet with a tender crumb and chewy bits of cracked wheat in every bite. It’s great for sandwiches, toast, or just eating warm with a slather of butter melting into it. Although wheat bread is a little more difficult to work with than white this bread is great for the beginner, too.
It was overcast all day long and we even had a cold front last week (dropped the temperatures to 87!) that made me feel like autumn was in the air. First thing in the morning you can feel a hint of a chill in the air — it’s not baking hot like it was a few weeks ago. Oh, we have a couple of months yet before it really cools down but this is nice.
With fall on the mind I am back to baking bread more. I realized that I haven’t made that much whole wheat bread for the blog — and I happened to have some whole wheat flour so I decided to make my buttermilk honey cracked wheat bread. If you liked the buttermilk bread recipe then you’ll likely love this as well.
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A lot of people have asked why my bread rises so high and what I use for kneading. I use my Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine for breadmaking and my KitchenAid Stand Mixer for cakes and regular baking. I don’t think that the KitchenAid handles bread very well — and especially not heavy loaves like wheat breads are. If you plan to do a lot of bread baking invest in a Bosch. If you can’t then use your stand mixer but knead for 3 to 5 minutes after you knead it with the machine. Thorough kneading helps develop the gluten and your bread will rise better and have a better texture.
And, if you’ve always wanted to learn to make great bread but were either afraid or never could get it to work out right you might like my book, Bread Bootcamp: It’s Not a Cookbook…It’s an Adventure. It’s an incremental approach to bread baking and if you follow it as written you’ll be making gorgeous loaves of bread in no time.
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