Hearty Ancient Grains Bread

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Years ago, I came across these ah-MAZING bagels at my local grocery store—chock full of nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries, they were hearty, lightly sweet, and utter perfection.

They were also seasonal, much to my dismay.

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Just LOOK at all those whole grains—sesame seeds, quinoa, millet, cracked wheat, and flax meal. I LOVE that this bread is not only amazingly delicious, but also so freaking healthy.

My pleas to the bakery staff did no good. They had no control over which bagels were baked each day. But, they said, the same dough was baked into bread loaves, if I was interested in that.

I was absolutely, most certainly interested, so I wheeled my cart over to the bakery breads in a hurry. But then I saw the price—almost $5 for a half loaf. HALF of a loaf. Something that might not even last one day in my household of six. Something that had the potential to leave me snarling things like “No bread for you!” to the rest of my family.

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Since familial harmony is important to me, and I do like to share all the good foods with my kids (or, at least,mostof them…it’s possible I have a stash of really good dark chocolate that is Adult Only), I slowly and sadly wheeled away. *womp womp*

But then I realized…I could just make it myself. The bread version, not the bagels. I have yet to find a bagel recipe I love, and since bagels are a serious time commitment (and take up serious fridge real estate as well), I rarely make them. But bread?I bake bread every week.All I had to do was figure out a recipe that would result in this hearty, dense, slightly sweet breadalicious perfection.

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Once it’s all mixed, sprinkle it with a little extra flour, knead it gently to bring it all together into a ball of dough.
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And…voila! Ready for the bread pan.

Scouring my cookbooks, I came across a recipe in theBiggest Book of Bread Machine Recipes* that I could use as a starting point. (Once upon a time, I had a bread machine and it handled all of my bread making. This cookbook was agreat的资源,因为它是充满良好的矩形ipes, and I especially loved the fact that they all required just one teaspoon of yeast rather than the usual 2 or more. The recipes can easily be made by hand, as well, you just have to figure out how hot and how long to bake them. I simply look up the time and temperature of similar handmade breads, and go with that.)

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Only one rise for this dough. Shape it to fit in your pan, cover it, and let the magic* happen over the next 3 hours. (*Actually it’s science, but it feels awfully magical when it goes from this to that.)
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You know, when the dough proofs perfectly like this, it makes my flaky-baker heart so happy. <3

Many tweaks later, I had a working recipe of a seriously delicious (and nutritious) hearty bread brimming with whole grains and dried cranberries. Suh-WOON. One of the sweetest parts? As soon as you’re done mixing the dough, it goes right into a greased and floured bread pan for just a single rise—no punching down and rising again.

Simple? Yes. Irresistible? You betcha.

And that may be the only drawback to this bread—it’s ridiculously difficult to stay out of it. That’s because it’s delicious any way you eat it—plain, toasted and buttered, cream cheesed, peanut buttered, etc. It’s the perfectly healthy alternative to satisfy a sweet craving with a whole lot less sugar (and a heck of a lot more whole grains, fiber, and protein) than thosecookiesandcakesyou’re trying not to eat at this time of year. (Was that mean of me to link to our growing selection of scrumptious sweets? My bad.)

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Pardon me while I swoon…

它需要一些不寻常的成分may need to stock up on before you bake. But, hey, it’s probably time for a grocery run anyway, right? And if your grocery store has a bulk foods section, you may find the millet, quinoa, cracked wheat (aka bulgur), sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds there, where you can buy the amount you want. Don’t be scared of the long ingredients list—trust me on this, you won’t regret it. I love me a short ingredients list like whoa, and will sometimes look at a long one and thinkuh…no, too many things, too complicated, but this recipe is so simple, you just about toss everything into a bowl and mix it.

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Hearty Ancient Grain bread in front of a pretty loaf ofEveryday Whole Wheat bread.It’s been a GOOD baking day.
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I mean, LOOK at all those goodies tucked in to this bread! Dense, nutrient-rich bread is where it’s at, is all I’m saying.

Your body will thank you for the plethora of whole grains, your taste buds will thank you for the deliciousness. But, if you have kids, you may want to make more than one loaf, for as soon as my kids saw it come out of the oven today, they said, “Mom, is that your special cranberry bread? Ooh! I want some!”

Thank goodness I made two. <3

hearty ancient grain bread

Hearty Ancient Grains Bread

A hearty, nutrient-dense, slightly sweet yeast bread packed with healthy whole grains and dried cranberries.
Prep Time: 15minutes
Cook Time: 35minutes
Rising Time: 3hours
Total Time: 50minutes
Course: Bread
Servings: 1loaf


  • 1 1/4cupmilk, warm (not hot)(can substitute water or vegan milk)
  • 2Tablespoonsbutter or oil
  • 1/4cupmaple syrup
  • 1Tablespoonhoney(can substitute maple syrup)
  • 2cupswhole wheat flour
  • 1cupall-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 1teaspoonfast-acting yeast
  • 1Tablespooncracked wheat (bulgur)
  • 1Tablespoonsesame seeds
  • 1Tablespoonmillet
  • 1Tablespoonquinoa
  • 1/4cupground flax seeds (flax meal)
  • 1/2cupsunflower seeds
  • 1cupdried cranberries


  • Grease and flour an 9" bread pan. Set aside.
  • Warm milk so it just feels warm to the touch, not hot. Add butter/oil, maple syrup, and honey.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flours, salt, yeast, and whole grains except for the sunflower seeds and cranberries. With mixer on low, slowly pour liquid into dry ingredients, and mix until well combined. Add sunflower seeds and cranberries. Let your mixer knead the dough for several minutes or do it by hand.
  • Dough will be a little sticky, so sprinkle with a small amount of flour and form into a smooth log. Place in prepared bread pan, then cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Set in a warm spot to rise for about 3 hours.
  • When dough has risen into a nice, smooth loaf, preheat oven to 350 F/177 C. Bake for 35 minutes. After removing from oven, let loaf sit in pan for about 5 minutes to allow sides to release. Then tip loaf out of the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Slice thin and keep in an airtight container. Will keep for about a week at room temperature. For longer storage, freeze in a zip-top bag.


Recipe heavily adapted and expanded from Spiced Maple and Cranberry bread fromBiggest Book of Bread Machine Recipes.

*Biggest Book of Bread Machine Recipesis an Amazon affiliate link.

11 Replies to “Hearty Ancient Grains Bread”

    1. You sure can! Simply follow the order of ingredients per your machine instructions (usually liquids first–milk, butter, syrup & honey–then dry stuff on top, ending with yeast). I’d hold off on adding the sunflower seeds and cranberries until the other ingredients have come together to form a dough. Some machines will have an indicator when it’s a good time to add any extra ingredients–that’s when you can toss them in, or you can go ahead an do it as soon as the other ingredients have all come together. Set it to the whole grain baking cycle if your machine has it.

      Good luck! And let us know how it turns out!

      1. I just ordered a bread machine, I’ve never used it but I want to try it with this recipe. It has different size loaf settings. Any idea what size I would use you this recipe? The 2lb?

  1. I LOVE that your recipes have a volume AND a weight option! No more listening to my bf complain about hope all the recipes are done written by volume and turn out a little different depending on the weather. Can’t wait to make this bread for the exact same reason: grocery stopped carrying my favorite ancient grain loaf and I’m NOT spending $5 for a half. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It was REALLY important to us that we had both volume and weight–we didn’t want to leave anyone out of the baking magic. We hope you love the recipe–please let us know how it goes!

      1. 更新:面包变成了超级棒!我没有湾t to do it in a loaf pan as I prefer a boule but it doesn’t rise as much as a loaf. It’s little flatter, but that’s fine by me! It makes a perfect filling breakfast bread. Turned out so good that one of my regular customers from work begged me to make her a couple of loaves after trying a sample! Thanks for the great recipe!

        1. We are so thrilled to hear that, Lyssa! It really is a perfect breakfast bread–you’re so right. Thank you so much for letting us know how it turned out for you. Wishing you many happy future loaves!

  2. I’d like to use this recipe in a bread machine but live at high altitude (6,500′) would I need to make any adjustments or can I use as is?

  3. FANTASTIC! just what I was looking for.
    baked at 350 but did not seem done in 35 minutes. I covered it to reduce the browning and baked 45 min. I thought my over ran a little hot; but perhaps I will have to calibrate it.
    Most other recipes call for a 375 degree oven. Have you tried that?

    1. Hi, Sharon. I haven’t tried this bread at 375 F, but that’s something I would definitely experiment with. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

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