Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread Recipe with Bulgur Wheat, Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed Meal

whole wheat bread machine recipeConsidering I'm someone who rarely bakes, there's been kind of a bread-baking frenzy going on around here for months. Who knows how I got fixated on whole wheat bread machine recipes, but I spent weeks experimenting to come up with 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran and Flax Seed. Once I was happy with that recipe, I wanted to try making whole wheat bread with cracked wheat, similar to Jack Spratt Bread, a type of sprouted wheat bread made in Utah that I'm very fond of.

My first few tries were pretty dismal (although the construction workers happily ate them with no complaints.) Even when I soaked the cracked wheat, I felt like it was too hard in the finished bread, so finally I hit on the idea of using bulgur wheat, a type of parboiled cracked wheat (often used to make tabbouli.) It was a success; the bulgur added a nice texture to the bread, without being too hard to chew. Perhaps the funniest part of the whole story is that when I was a kid, bulgur was trendy in Utah and my mom used to sneak it into all kinds of foods. It wasn't well-received by the kids in the family, and when mom presented something at the table we'd ask "Is there bulgur in that?" Now here I am years later deliberately adding it to my bread!

Soak 1/2 cup bulgur wheat in 2/3 cup boiling water for one hour, or longer if all the water is not absorbed. (I wish I could tell you it was fine to soak for less than an hour, but in my experiments, longer soaking was definitely better.)

Combine all dry ingredients in a plastic bowl, stir together, then add soaked bulgur and mix well with a fork.

Stir together olive oil, agave nectar, and brown sugar, then measure 1 cup warm water stir into the mixture.

Remember that in the bread machine the ingredients should form a ball after the first mixing is finished. If that doesn't happen, add a bit more flour if too dry or a bit more water if too wet.

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread Recipe with Bulgur Wheat, Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed Meal
(Makes one loaf of bread, about 1 1/2 lbs, recipe created by Kalyn.)

Ingredients for Bulgur; Combine and soak 1 hour:
2/3 cup boiling water
1/2 cup bulgur wheat

Mix dry ingredients:
2 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup ground oatmeal (grind oatmeal in food processor, then measure)
2 T wheat bran
2 T flaxseed meal
2 T vital wheat gluten
1 T dough enhancer
1 tsp. salt

Combine wet ingredients and sweeteners:
2 T olive oil
1 T agave nectar
1 T brown sugar
1 cup warm water (slightly warmer than room temperature)

2 2/3 tsp. yeast

Follow directions for your bread machine for the order to add ingredients. In my Oster Bread Machine I put the liquid in first, followed by the dry ingredients I mixed in the bowl. Then I make a small well in the flour and put the yeast in that. I used the whole wheat setting on the machine.

Watch bread while it goes through the first mixing cycle, and if it doesn't form a ball you may need to add more flour or water, a little bit at a time. The dough should make a firm ball and be only slightly sticky. (I made this bread several times and usually added a few teaspoons of extra water, but it depends on the humidity where you live and how carefully you measure ingredients.)

For the photos of bread for this post, I took the dough out of the machine right before the final rise and gently folded the sides under to make a loaf with a smooth top. When I didn't do that, I still had a tasty bread but the top wasn't as well-shaped. (You can also remove the bread paddle right before the final rise, a tip I learned from my favorite gluten-free baking expert, Karina.)

My bread machine takes 3 hours 40 minutes for the whole wheat cycle. Bread is delicious hot or cold, and also makes great toast.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Bread like this with all whole wheat or whole grain ingredients is great for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet.

More 100% Whole Wheat Bread to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread from Kalyn's Kitchen
Agave-Sweetened 100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread from Kalyn's Kitchen
100% Whole Wheat and Bran Bread from Kalyn's Kitchen (without bread machine)
Bread Machine Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed from Kalyn's Kitchen
Whole Wheat Bread from Pete Bakes!
Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Bread from Zesty Cook
Homemade Wheat Bread from Tammy's Recipes
(Want even more whole wheat bread recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. I've never used a bread machine before...but make mine by hand. I love the idea of using bulghar in the bread....I shall see what I can adapt. Great recipe. I love coming here and seeing what you have made. How is everything? Baking bread is gooooood therapy!

  2. Trish, I agree, baking bread is good therapy. I needed it today. I think I'm having kind of a delayed reaction to my stepmother's death. Really feeling sad today, but I'll be okay. Thanks for your concern.

  3. i used to come downstairs to freshly baked bread in the bread machine. i wonder where my parents stashed that thing? :)

  4. Carole with an "e" in NYCMarch 22, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    Thanks for all your work getting these recipes perfect for your followers. I, too, still have sad days even though I lost my mom over three years ago. I just became a grandmother three weeks ago (would have been my mother's first GREAT grandchild), and I had such a hard time realizing that I couldn't call her to tell her the great news. Hopefully you will have only wonderful memories of her to get you through this. Your fans are thinking of you. Hugs.

  5. I am always looking for recipes for my bread machine. This sounds like a good one if I can find all of the ingredients. You have been in my thoughts.

  6. I'd like to try this...I assume I could do this without a bread machine. What wonderful ingredients.
    Sorry you're feeling sad....

  7. Thanks for the kind thoughts everyone. I'll be fine, just going through the process of realizing that my stepmother is really gone. Would love to hear from someone who makes this without a bread machine. (I'm clueless about how that would work, but I did love the bulgur in the bread!)

  8. Is there a reason you mix this in a plastic bowl? I think there are few things as therapeutic as the smell of freshly baked bread in the house. Virtual hug to you.

  9. Mindy, do you mean plastic as opposed to glass or metal? If so, any of those will work. If you mean why do I mix before adding to the bread machine, I guess it's just to make sure all the ingredients are well-combined. Probably not essential, but since there are so many extra ingredients besides flour, I'm just being careful.

    Thanks for the hug!

  10. One of these days I'll make room in my kitchen for a bread machine. I don't eat bread much anymore, but I still love baking it from time to time. The machine would probably mean I'd bake a bit more often.

  11. I did mean as opposed to glass or metal. Thanks.

  12. Yay. I have oft wondered about using bulgur in bread but never tried it. Please know that your recipe brightened my day.

  13. How interesting. I have lots of bulgur in my pantry and I've started baking bread I just might try this out.

    Hope you feel better soon Kalyn. :)

  14. I love making bread in my machine and this looks like a great recipe. Sometimes I get in a rut and it's nice to see different things to try. Thanks!


  15. Hi,

    I love this recipe, and the story reminds me of how my mom used to sneak bran into everything-- even our pizza crusts had bran in them! But now I love it. I was wondering what kind of bread maker you use? I like to go for the tried and true before I buy.


  16. Ellie, I have an Oster Bread Machine. There's a link in the post to the machine on, where you can see more about it. There are a lot of good bread machines, but I like the way this one makes a small horizontal loaf. I've had it for a while, but they don't seem to have changed the model that much so it must be popular.

  17. I finally made time to try this, and I'm so glad that I did!! It was delicious, and had a great texture from the bulgur and oats (I didn't grind mine). Thanks for a fabulous recipe!

  18. Katie, so glad you liked it!

  19. Are there any substitutes available for the "dough enhancer" found in some bread recipes? Please advise. Thank you!

  20. Betty the dough enhancer I have contains whey, soy milk, soy lecithin, modified corn starch, vitamin C powder and citric acid. You could try googling to see if you can find a recipe with the proportions. Other than that, I don't know what to substitute.

  21. Thanks for experimenting with the bulgar for me. I've been making tabbuouli several times this week, but was looking for another way to use up the rest of the bag. I look forward to trying it out.

  22. These look GREAT!
    I just bought hamilton beach breadmaker and haven't made any bread yet. Can spelt flour be substituted for whole wheat flour? I want to make this tomorrow.

  23. I've never used spelt flour, so I have no idea how it would work.

  24. On south beach I missed bread so I purchased a machine at Goodwill and purchased the ingredients and made a loaf. I did not find dough enhancer so left it out. The bread is marvelous. Light, stays together when sliced, and good flavor. Thank you for your recipes. I also made the mock chicken enchiladas. My husband declared he was taking leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I bought the Verde sauce (2 10oz cans)and whole chilies in super Walmart.

  25. So glad you liked the bread and good to know that it worked without the dough enhancer too. And that casserole is one of my faves!


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