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Grains are seeds of cereal plants. The whole grain contains the outer shell of bran, the middle endosperm and the inner germ. The bran has the fiber, antioxidants and minerals. The middle layer is mostly carbohydrates and the inner germ contains most of the vitamins, protein and minerals. Whole grains should contain the whole kernel. Refined grains generally remove the bran and germ.

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Whole grains are known to improve cholesterol levels, aid the flow and frequency of elimination and lower the risk of heart disease. Whole grains contain B vitamins, which can be lacking in some diets.

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When we take that bite of home-made whole grain bread, we feel its strength and power as the staff of life. It nurtures of connection to nature and fills us with its goodness.

RECIPE: Dakota Whole Grain Bread

  • Prep Time:  10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield:  1 loaf (2 lbs)
  • Difficulty Level:  Intermediate

Homemade bread fills your home with deliciousness! Hot out of the oven, the smell alone is irresistible. This healthy whole grain bread is so yummy, you’ll never want packaged bread again!

Recipe courtesy of North Dakota Wheat Commission/South Dakota Wheat Commission.


1 package active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)

2 tablespoons sunflower oil

1 egg

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon salt

2 – 2 1/2 cups bread flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup rye flour

1/4 cup oatmeal



1) Sprinkle yeast in warm water; stir to dissolve.

2) In a large bowl, mix sunflower oil, egg, cottage cheese, honey and salt. Add dissolved yeast and 2 cups bread flour, beating until flour is moistened.

3) Gradually stir in whole wheat flour, wheat germ, rye flour and oats, plus enough bread flour to make a soft dough.

4) On a flour surface, knead dough about 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.

5)  Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

6) Punch down dough. Shape into one round loaf. Place in a greased glass pie pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

7) Preheat oven to 375*

8) Brush with egg white and sprinkle with wheat germ, sunflower kernels, or oats.

8) Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. If too dark, cover loosely with foil the last 10-15 minutes of baking. Remove from pie pan and cool on a wire rack.

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Acknowledgement:  Home Baking Association
Cottage Core Home would like to thank and acknowledge The Home Baking Association (HBA) for being a valuable resource who supports home baking