If you are expecting vegan house guests, and wondering what in the world to offer them for a breakfast bite, search no further! I found this recipe in *The World at Our Table*, a school-fundraiser cookbook sent to me by my Regional Cookbook swap partner Kerfuffle-upon-Winkle. Only after mixing the dough as directed did I realize that it contains no eggs nor dairy---and, indeed, no oil! I thought, "Uh-ohhhh...there's a mistake...!" But it rose beautifully, and when baked, tasted as bread probably tasted to hungry peasants in the Middle Ages---chewy, earthy, crusty, GOOD!
Two notes: 1) the "cracked wheat" specified is exactly the same as the stuff you'd use in tabbouli---the bulghur. And 2) the addition of a little molasses and some raisins is my own idea, and it is the perfect way to add just a slight hint of sweetness, if you (like me) prefer a breakfast bread that isn't too sugary!
Get a big bowl for the dough---this makes three hefty loaves. But...they freeze!