Cracked wheat brown bread recipe with molasses

Servings: 2 loaves serving(s)

Prep time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

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Cracked Wheat Brown Bread is a hearty loaf that requires just one rising.
Cracked wheat brown bread recipe with molasses

Bread baking as therapy…

For a time when I was at university in Halifax I relieved the stress of my studies by baking bread. My dear friend Lisa sent me this recipe for cracked wheat brown bread back in the early 1990’s and baking it became my weekly therapy session…

There`s nothing like kneading bread to help you deconstruct your troubles and the rhythm of kneading is a meditation of sorts, a way to quiet the mind.

Cracked wheat brown bread recipe with molasses

I know bread machines and dough hooks are a great way to sidestep the physical effort of kneading, and they save time, but as always something is lost along the way.

However you choose to make your bread, the smell of it baking is a gift all bread bakers receive. It’s one of the cosiest smells on earth and seems to warm you from the inside out.

Cracked wheat brown bread recipe with molasses

The beauty of this cracked wheat brown bread recipe is that it requires just one rising so as far as making yeast bread goes, it’s on the easy side.

Cracked wheat brown bread recipe with molasses

Makes 2 good-sized loaves


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. dry yeast
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 cup cracked wheat
  • 1 cup natural wheat bran
  • 4-6 cups flour


  1. Grease two large bread pans or line them with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl stir the sugar into the water and sprinkle over the yeast. Leave it for 5-10 minutes, until it starts to bubble.
  3. Stir in the butter and the molasses and combine well.
  4. Stir in the cracked wheat then the natural bran.
  5. Add the flour a cup at a time until you have added 4 cups.
  6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead in additional flour, a little at a time, until dough is barely sticky. (Sometimes I use most of the flour and sometimes I only use 5 cups of flour in total.)
  7. Divide dough in half, shape each half into a stubby log and place in prepared pans.
  8. Let rise until double (1-1.5 hours).
  9. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.
  10. Cool in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans and place on cooling racks.

Here’s another easy brown bread recipe that you might enjoy: No knead oatmeal brown bread.

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5 thoughts on “Cracked wheat brown bread recipe with molasses

  1. Debbie says:

    what is cracked wheat

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Debbie, Cracked wheat is the actual whole wheat kernel that has been broken into pieces. You can find it at Bulk Barn and in the natural foods section of the grocery store.

  2. monica bourque says:

    I make bread , its looks very much like this recipe, it has whole wheat, unbleached flour, oatmeal, bran, molasses and of course yeast.
    It tastes very good, and looks great.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Monica, Your recipe sounds wonderful. If you get a chance I’d love to have a copy of it. My email is Thanks!

  3. Nancy says:

    Hi, I have been making cracked wheat bread (not your recipe so far) but lately I can not find cracked wheat anywhere. I used to buy it at the Amish/Mennonite store but they no longer carry it. I even check King Arthur Flour and none was listed. What could I substitute for the cracked wheat? I was thinking of steel cut oats which I have lots of. I did try bulghur but wasn’t happy with the results but maybe I didn’t use it properly. Love your newsletters and have tried quite a few of your recipes, all good!

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