Cracked Wheat Buttermilk Bread With Sunflower Seeds

Total Time
3hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is a nutritious, hearty bread with a nice nutty taste. It makes great toast! Cracked wheat can be found in a bulk food store.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put cracked wheat into a small pot with 1 to 2 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and boil for 6 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and drain well.
  4. Let cool about 15 minutes.
  5. Put cooked wheat into bread machine.
  6. Add all other ingredients as listed except for the sunflower seeds.
  7. If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tbsp lemon juice to one cup of whole milk.
  8. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
  9. Use amount called for in the recipe.
  10. Set bread machine for whole wheat bread.
  11. Press start.
  12. Add sunflower seeds at'addition' beep.


Most Helpful

This makes the most amazing bread! I have modified the recipe to use olive oil instead of butter, omit the sunflower seeds, and use my stand mixer with dough hook. I found I needed a bit more flour because the dough was too soft; knead with the dough hook until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, about 6-10 min. Let rise in a bowl sprayed with Pam, covered about 45 min. Deflate and form in a loaf and let rise, covered for another 45 min. Bake 40-45 min. @ 350, tenting with foil after 20 min. to prevent over-browning. Delish! p.s. Buy the cracked wheat from

GourmetGrandma December 31, 2011

This recipe is great! I made it twice--the first time with sunflower seeds as mini loaves and the second time without as a regular loaf. I preferred it without the sunflower seeds. I also prefer to use the bread machine on the dough cycle and then make the bread in a bread pan in the oven because I don't like the shape of bread machine dough, but that's just my preference. If you want to do that--the recipe makes 5 mini loaves (350 degrees for 20 minutes) or 1 big loaf (350 degrees for 45 minutes). I live at a high altitude, over 7,000 feet, and this recipe turned out great!

wyojess October 21, 2010

I am so very pleased with the way this has turned out. I don't have a machine, but Donna in the Bread Forum guided me through doing it be hand. I'm not too familiar with the machines, but I don't see how you could possibly get this much bread out of one. This sucker measures 14 x 8 and is about 4 inches high. What amazing bread it is too. I used multi-grain in place of the whole wheat, all the salt, and salted sunflowers. Couldn't be more perfect. I mixed in all but 1/2 cup of the flour, then used the last bit as I was kneading. It was still slightly sticky (Donna said that would be okay). I will definately be making this one again. Thanks M&M for posting, and Donna M for the guidance.

Diana #2 October 17, 2008

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