Thursday, 23 March 2017

Wholemeal Spelt bread.

Wholemeal Spelt bread - Community Recipes | Shipton Mill - Home of Organic Flour:
Three Minute Spelt Bread.

Spelt is the new celebrity grain, the Keira Knightley of wholefoods, and it has gone from curiosity to must-have ingredient in just five years.
Said to be more digestible than wheat and richer in nutrients.
But let's be absolutely clear: spelt is not suitable for coeliac sufferers.
This is positively the easiest and most tasty Spelt bread recipe I have come across.
Turns out perfectly every time and has become an often requested favourite of my clients.
It takes next to no prep time, keeps well and is fab for toasting too!

With spelt there is no need to leave the dough to rise.
But Baker Andrew Whitley (author of the bestselling book Bread Matters) says that if you let it rise slowly, in a cool place overnight, it will be even better.

Pre-heat oven to 200°C
500g Wholemeal Spelt (or white works just as well)
150g 5 Seed Blend (some extra for topping)
10-12g dried active yeast or 32-34g fresh yeast (I use a bit more yeast for the wholemeal flour as it's heavier and needs a bit more lift)
1/2 tsp salt
500ml water

Mix all dry ingredients together, dissolve the fresh yeast in warm water (dried yeast can be added to the flour/seed mix) and mix well with the water.
It's a very wet dough, more like a cake mix but that's how it should be.
Brush a loaf tin with olive oil, fill with the mixture, brush top with Olive oil and sprinkle extra seed on top.
This really takes three minutes to prepare.
Place in pre-heated oven for 1 hour.
Then take out of the tin and put loaf back in for another 5-10 min (usually 5 min are enough).
Let it cool down and enjoy.

I started using the 5 seed blend instead of the original:
50g Sesame seeds
50g Sunflower seeds
50g Linseeds

Either works really well!
Recipe in cups &teaspoons:
3 1/2 cups flour.
1/2 cups of each seed, sunflower, sesame, linseed.
3 1/2 teaspoos dry yeast granules,
2 cups warm water
Combine all the ingredients, adding the water last.
Mix well and turn the dough into a greased loaf tin.

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