Seed Bread

My family and others request this bread.  Loaded with five different seeds and cracked wheat.  I find most of these seeds in the bulk isle of most grocery stores.

1 cup cracked wheat
1 cup boiling water
1 cup warm water (110°)
1/4 cup sugar
2 pkgs (4½ tsp) dry yeast
2 cups wheat flour
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbl salt
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
3½ cups white flour

Put cracked wheat in a bowl and pour boiling water over, let soak about 15 minutes.  In mixer (Kitchenaid or similar with bread hook), pour warm water, sprinkle sugar then yeast.  When yeast is foamy, stir in wheat flour, eggs, salt, and oil.  Combine all the seeds in a large bowl and set aside 1/4 cup to sprinkle over top of loaves.  In the large bowl with seeds, stir in presoaked cracked wheat and 1 cup of white flour.  Stir this seed mixture into yeast mixture in the mixer.  Mix in remaining 2½ cups white flour and knead.  Turn dough into oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.  Divide dough in half and shape into 2 long loaves and place side by side on baking sheet.  Allow to rise about 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375°.  Bake loaves until almost done about 30 minutes. Brush with water or egg white and sprinkle with reserved seeds, continue baking about 5-10 minutes longer.  When the loaves are done, they will make a hollow sound when tapped.  Cool on rack before slicing.

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