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Wheat Berry-and-Walnut Bread

Colleen Duffley
Yield 1 loaf, 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
This dense, round loaf is great for sandwiches or as an accompaniment to a meal, soup, or stew. Wheat berries, which can be cooked and eaten as a cereal or softened and added to baked goods, are whole, unprocessed kernels of wheat. Look for them in health-food stores and some supermarkets.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm 1% low-fat milk (100° to 110°)
  • 2 tablespoons shreds of wheat-bran cereal (such as All-Bran)
  • 1 package dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked wheat berries
  • 6 tablespoons chopped walnuts, divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 177
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 6.7 g
  • carbohydrate 32 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 1 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 220 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. Lightly spoon the flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.

  2. Combine warm milk, 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour, cereal, and yeast in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

  3. Combine 1/2 cup water and wheat berries in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 1 minute or until mixture boils. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain.

  4. Add the wheat berries, 2 cups whole-wheat flour, rye flour, 1/4 cup walnuts, honey, and salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms (dough will feel tacky). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes); add enough of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking to hands. Place dough on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Shape into an 8-inch round loaf. Make a 1/4-inch-deep "X" design in top of dough using a sharp knife. Brush dough with oil, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons walnuts. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

  5. Preheat oven to 375°.

  6. Uncover dough. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack.