Considering 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 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.
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.)