Makes 2 regular or round loaves
2 1/2 cups (uncooked) stone-ground seven-grain hot cereal (including cracked wheat, flaxseed, oats and other cracked grains - I used a TEN-grain mix)
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup wildflower or other pale amber honey
2 Tablespoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm (110ºF) water
About 4 cups bread flour (I used stone ground whole wheat flour + 2 Tablespoons vital wheat gluten)
Put the cereal into a medium bowl.
Pour the boiling water over it and set aside to soften (and cool) for 15 minutes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer or another large bowl, stir together the honey, yeast, salt and warm water with a wooden spoon.
Using the paddle attachment or the spoon, beat in 3 cups of the bread flour.
Then beat in the softened grains, with their liquid, until you have a moist, soft, heavy dough.
Switch to the dough hook and knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, adding about 1 cup more flour, until the dough is elastic and no longer sticky.
(Or, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand).
Place the dough in a large oiled bowl and turn to coat.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Grease two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans or a large baking sheet and set aside.
Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface.
Knead a few times.
Divide the dough in half.
Shape each portion into a regular or round loaf.
Put in the prepared loaf pans or on the baking sheet.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Bake the bread for 40 minutes, or until the loaves are a rich brown on top and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
(An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 190ºF to 200ºF).
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.