Seven-Grain Whole Wheat Harvest Bread

March 10, 2010

I like grainy bread, so when I was paging through The Art & Soul of Baking, the recipe for Nine-Grain Whole Wheat Harvest Bread caught my eye.

So why is my bread called Seven-Grain? Well, the recipe calls for a nine-grain hot cereal blend but all I could find at the grocery store was a seven-grain blend in the bulk section. Later on, I was at a different grocery store and found a wide array of Bob’s Red Mill cereal mixes from seven grains on up to 12. Regardless of the number of grains, this bread looks beautiful and tasted great. The dough was very easy to work with, and I was so happy with my slashes. My father-in-law suggested using a serrated knife to slash the dough and it worked great. This is the second recipe I’ve made from The Art & Soul of Baking, and I’m impressed with the clarity of the instructions in the book. I didn’t have to second-guess any of the steps, which I really appreciate.

Michele is always up for baking bread, so she made this with me. She added sunflower seeds to hers, which I think I would have liked a lot. Something to keep in mind for next time! Be sure to visit her blog to see how her bread turned out.

I have a copy of The Art & Soul of Baking from the library (though I don’t think it will be too long before I buy my own copy). If you don’t have the book, you can find the recipe here on Google Books. If you didn’t see my post about the Danish Coffee Cake I made from this book, check that out too!


  1. THAT is a gorgeous loaf of bread, just my kind–grainy!

  2. JILL! Your bread looks like something you would find at the finest bakery! I am SO proud of you! That bread looks AMAZING! I might have to check that book out myself!!!!

  3. I love bread with lots of grains in it, too. I’ll have to try this bread soon. Ive read lots of good reviews of Art and Soul of Baking, I think I need to put it on my wish list!

  4. Wow, that is one seriously perfect loaf of bread. I’ll bet it tasted fantastic.

  5. Oh, this is just beautiful!

  6. Um…. that’s a serious loaf of bread! 🙂 Wow- very impressed. I recently made the Coffee Cake (with cocoa in the streusel) from Art & Soul. A great book! I used to make rustic breads way back when – but gave away my baking stone for some reason. This makes me want to get it back and start back up. Beautiful loaf Jill!

  7. What a beautiful loaf! Checked out the Danish pastries too and they are perfect. I’m very tempted to get the book.

  8. You know what–I thought for sure I commented on your bread already. Duh! Sorry for the delay.

    Your bread looks just perfect. I love how browned it is and how much it rose. It’s really a beautiful loaf.

  9. This is a very handsome loaf indeed.

  10. Your loaf looks wonderful!

  11. That is beautiful! I love the slashes too. Mine never look so nice. I have the book and will tag this recipe to make. Thanks.

  12. ive borrowed this book many x from the library lol. it’s a nice book, eh? i should just bite the bullet and buy it too.

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