Rustic Multi-Grain Bread Recipe

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Milk gives this bread a soft tender crust that appeals to all. All-purpose, whole wheat and rye flours blend beautifully in this family-favorite recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 119 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, sugars, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining all purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four pieces. Roll each into a 15-in. rope. Twist two ropes together; pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Rustic Multi-Grain Bread in Best of Country Breads 2000, p48

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onecat2many User ID: 5536116 30797
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"Fabulous bread! easy recipe. Thank you Taste of Home!! I think I will try adding cinnamon and raisins to my next loaf. Can't wait for my friends to try it :)"

bakingf User ID: 2574109 100252
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I rate this bread SUPER! I make it again and again."

ibowdown51 User ID: 4408537 121101
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"I work as a cook at a senior resident home. We have to cook all their meals from scratch. I made this bread for them, and they absolutely loved it. Besides being there favorite bread, it is healthy and wholesome for them. Great bread recipe!!!"

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