Cracked Wheat No Knead Bread

Cracked Wheat No Knead Bread

Cracked Wheat No Knead Bread

I INCREASED THE YEAST FROM 1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. Cracked wheat can be hard to find so I get mine online. Be sure to aerate your flour before measuring. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 13 hours

Makes: One loaf

Cracked Wheat No Knead Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cracked wheat (dry/uncooked)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast (instant or active dry)
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature water

  • about 2 Tablespoons extra flour for shaping


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
  2. Stir in water. Mixture will be very thick.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature overnight for 10 to 12 hours (even longer is fine).
  4. Dough will become puffy. Transfer it to a floured surface and sprinkle with a little flour. Using a scraper, fold dough over 10-12 times & shape into a rough ball.
  5. Place in a parchment paper-lined bowl (not wax paper) and cover with a towel. Let stand on counter top for 1 hour.
  6. After 30 minutes, place Dutch oven with lid in a cold oven and preheat to 450° F. My oven takes 35 minutes to reach 450°.
  7. When oven reaches 450° (& dough has rested for 1 hour) carefully, using oven gloves, lift the parchment paper and dough from the bowl and place gently into the hot pot. (parchment paper goes in the pot too) Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, remove lid and parchment paper. Return, uncovered, to oven and bake for 10-15 more minutes.

Note: There's more on this recipe in my blog. Click here.
Can't Find Cracked Wheat? You can use steel cut oats instead.

13 Comments on "Cracked Wheat No Knead Bread"

  1. Mona

    Where is your overnight. I have forgotten at what stage I leave it in the bowl for overnight. AND I can’t find your old recipe. HELP!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      For the overnight method, simply switch to COOL water and let the dough rest overnight on the counter top for 8 to 24 hours, then proceed with step #4.

  2. Jenna

    Can’t wait to try this vegan bread recipe. What size Dutch oven does it need? Will need to buy one.

  3. Judith stone

    Can I raise in warm place for a shorter rise? Like about 8 hours instead of 12?

  4. Cliff

    Hello Jen,
    It is easier and less expensive to find and buy wheat. I put about one third of a cup in the blender, turn on using the high speed for twenty-five seconds and presto you have cracked wheat. I repeat the process until I have enough for a number of loaves.

  5. Leah

    Jenny like everyone else I want to say you’re amazing, wonderful and I wish there were more like you! All your recipes are great! Thanks for sharing your healthy and delicious recipes with everyone. God bless you! Million thanks.

  6. Marnie Haig

    This made a wonderful bread. I didn’t have cracked wheat so I used 1/2 cup of Bob’s Red Mill, 10 grain cereal. It worked out beautifully.

  7. PattiAnn

    Great recipe. The cracked wheat gave the bread a terrific nutty flavor. I used 2 cups bread, 1/2 cup white whole wheat, 1/2 cup dark rye and upped the salt to 1 1/4 teaspoon. Set at room temp (68*) 12 hrs, then into the ice box for 24 hours. Baked in my bread bowl @425 convection in my countertop oven.
    Dunked into split pea soup made with leftover Tday ham. Sliced for toast with marmalade …yummy.
    Thanks Jenny. ?

  8. Linda

    No questions. Just want to THANK YOU ❤️
    You are absolutely the best, love your recipes, love you videos, LOVE your sense of humor.

  9. Tony

    Would this work using bulgur instead of the cracked wheat?

  10. Kathleen

    yesterday I made your chicken pot pie recipe. I can’t get over what a large amount it makes and it is just the two of us. I also made the crust you have with the recipe and it was delicious and so easy. I believe we will just have one more meal off of this deliciousness. I have shared your recipes with everyone who listens to me. I enjoy your videos.
    At 85 yrs. young, I thought I would be over cooking for my husband and I, but during this pandemic, you have converted me.

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