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Hard White Wheat

hard white wheat
Here you'll find a delicious hard white wheat bread recipe. Plus info on why hard white winter whole wheat is the secret ingredient to healthy yet great tasting whole wheat bread recipes!

Cooking hard white wheat berries is an excellent choice if you want to incorporate whole grains into your diet and boost your nutrition. Hard white winter wheat is high in fiber but low in fat. It is also higher in vitamin B6, iron, potassium, and manganese than other whole grains. To see how this white wheat compares, nutritionally, to other whole grains go to our whole grain comparison charts.

hard white wheat nutrition

The Secret?

Hard white winter wheat has 40% LESS protein compared to red winter wheat but that is the secret behind its success as a wonderful whole grain flour for baking light, healthy, whole grain bread recipes. High protein content make breads dense and hard to leaven (rise) while baking. Even though it has less protein compared to other wheats, hard white winter wheat still leaves white flour in the dust when it comes to protein content. So choose whole wheat flour from hard white winter wheat to make great tasting whole wheat bread recipes that taste like white bread but have all the added whole grain health benefits of wheat.

Health Benefits

Hard White Winter Wheat is a great source of minerals, and vitamins which contribute to high energy levels, healthy cell growth, and proper muscle and nerve function. Its combination of high protein and fiber make it the perfect health food for building and maintaining a healthy body while lowering cholesterol, promoting regularity and proper digestion, and preventing high blood sugar levels.

How To Cook?

Add 1 cup of rinsed hard white wheat berries to 3 cups of water, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer 45-60 minutes. Fluff with fork and let stand 5 minutes.

White winter wheat is sweeter than red wheat which tends to be more bitter. Kamut is another good choice for a sweet tasting wheat.

White wheat berries will store up to 1 year or longer, if stored properly.

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Whole Hard White Wheat Bread Recipe

Ingredients (Makes 1 Loaf)
Time: 2 - 3 hours

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (just barely hot to the touch)

  • 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon whole flaxseed (optional)

  • 2 1/2 cups hard white wheat flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1/2 tablespoon salt

  • 1 3/4 cups hard white wheat flour

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • Directions

    In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional). Mix in 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.

    Mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and salt. Stir in 1 3/4 cups white wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with white wheat flour until it pulls away from the counter but is still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 1 to 2 cups of white wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 30 minutes).

    Punch down and place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Allow to rise until dough has topped the pan by one inch. Depending on your yeast this will take between
    1 - 2 hours.

    Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not over bake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 1 tablespoon of melted butter when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.

    Substitutions and Additions

    Honey can be substituted for the brown sugar in this whole wheat bread recipe.

    To give this recipe a crunch, consider adding walnuts.

    In this whole grain bread recipe we included the option for flaxseed because here at we are big proponents of incorporating flaxseed into your diet. Its high protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids makes flaxseed a nutritional powerhouse your body can use to fight depression, cancer, and heart disease.

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