Using whole grains as either a porridge (cooked), blanched or soaked to soften them is common in many countries. Not only does the use of cooked whole grain improve the nutritional value of the bread, but cooked or partially cooked grain helps the bread to stay moist for much longer. The grains also give the bread a sensational flavour.
I'll be going into detail in future articles, but grains like rice, oats, millet, wheat, barley, rye, spelt and quinoa all make great additions to bread, using the 'cooked' method that follows.
You can also use the 'blanched' method for all of the above grains, and use it also for linseed, sunflower kernels, pumpkin seed meal, nut meals, semolina, rye or wheat grits, kibbled wheat or rye, and even wholemeal flours.
Simpler still, you can make a 'soak' for things like pearled barley, rolled oats, or some of the above grains and seeds - depending on the texture you wish to achieve in the final bread.