A touch of brown sugar sweetens this multi-grain bread.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1996
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, until warm. (The temperature should register 95 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.)

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  • Pour the milk mixture into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle in yeast. Let stand until the yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine whole-wheat flour, 2 cups bread flour, cracked wheat, oat bran and wheat bran in another mixing bowl.

  • Give the milk/yeast mixture a stir and add about half of the flour/bran mixture to it. Add salt and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Beat in the remaining flour/bran mixture. Gradually add enough of the remaining white flour until you can stir no more.

  • Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead, adding only enough flour to prevent it from sticking, until the dough is smooth and somewhat elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. (Alternatively, the dough can be mixed and kneaded in a stand-up mixer fitted with a dough hook.)

  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes. Gently punch the dough down.

  • Coat two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray. Place the dough on a floured work surface and cut it into 2 pieces. Shape into loaves and place in the prepared pans. Cover with greased wax paper or plastic wrap and let rise until loaves are 1/2 to 1 inch above the tops of the pans.

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Bake the loaves until the tops are brown and the bottoms sound hollow when tapped, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the pans and place on a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

136 calories; protein 5.3g 11% DV; carbohydrates 28.4g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2.7g 11% DV; sugars 5.3g; fat 0.5g 1% DV; saturated fat 0.1g 1% DV; cholesterol 0.5mg; vitamin a iu 5.2IU; vitamin cmg; folate 25.6mcg 6% DV; calcium 37.1mg 4% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 24.6mg 9% DV; potassium 116mg 3% DV; sodium 156.8mg 6% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 24% DV.