Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Adding cracked grains to homemade bread

Here's something I recently learned from our friends at Paul's Grains: Leftover hot cereal (like oatmeal or 7-grain cereal) can be added to a normal bread recipe. Just reduce the liquid in the recipe (to compensate for the moisture in the cereal) and slightly reduce the flour.

Dry cracked grains can also be added to bread, though they have the potential to make your bread drier if they haven't been soaked or cooked.

I like the idea of using leftover cereal! Now I don't have to make sure we eat every bit of the cereal I make for breakfast. :)

7 Grain wheat bread

Here's some bread I made this morning. I used our regular whole wheat bread recipe, and added some cooked 7-grain cereal. I used about 1 cup of cooked cereal and 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour per loaf. My loaves turned out beautifully! :)

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I replied to the wrong post, but I can edit this so all is well? Just not delete it...hmmm...

My tip of the week is: butter makes excellent buttercream. Yes.


My kitchen tip has to do with washing dishes.

BTW, I meant to comment in the poll the other day. I like the recipes and the pictures. I love to take pictures of my food, as well as looking at other people's photos of their food. I'm always attracted to a recipe when I can see what it looks like in advance.

This is a great idea. Occasionally we have leftover oatmeal and I am sure it would be great in a loaf of bread, I just wasn't sure how to do it!
Thanks for sharing!

Tammy I know you make your own bread and I was too for awhile. But I make white bread. When I try making wheat bread it would be heavy & dry.
With summer here I have been buying it. I think it is a good deal at $.75 a loaf for white & $.99 for grain.
Do you think it is even worth me making bread at this cost?

Great tip. I really like a hearty bread. I'll have to try this sometime.


Yes, I will add leftover hot cereal in my bread too. :)~Tanya - mama to 5 :)

I never would have thought of doing that but it really does make sense. Thanks so much for sharing.


I often add 7 or 12 grain cereal to my bread, but I never thought of using leftovers. (I don't know why. It's pretty obvious when someone else says it.)


That's an awesome tip! When we have oatmeal for breakfast, there's always some left over and I feel awful just tossing it. Thank you!

My tip had to do with what to do when you have leftover smoothie mix.

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