simple spelt bread
I've been posting a lot of soup recipes recently, because I love soup and its cold and soups are very warming and nourishing! However a nice slice or two of delicious home-made bread just elevates the whole soup experience and who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread?
So on that note I thought I'd share one of my favourite bread recipes from the totally awesome and fabulous Lee Watson, author of Peace and Parsnips, one of my absolute favourite vegan authors and all round cool dude! I'd highly recommend his book, it is full of mouth wateringly heavenly combinations from all corners of the world and all totally healthy and delicious.
Anyway back to the bread
This bread is delicious and really easy to make. Spelt is an ancient form of wheat and is way more nutritious than any of the modern wheat varieties. It has more fibre, iron, potassium, zinc and B vitamins and has a low GI which can help to stabilise blood sugar. It contains less gluten than wheat and the gluten is a different structure which is much easier to digest, making it a healthier choice for most of us, especially those with digestive issues. Spelt tends to be more amenable to organic farming since it has a hard hull which naturally protects it from insects and pollutants, negating the need for chemical pesticides, whereas wheat is one of the crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides!
I always buy organic flour for bread and baking anyway and would recommend you do the same. We don’t need any more pesticide residues and kids are 4 times more susceptible to chemicals than adults. So it’s a no brainer if you have kids, buy organic flour for baking!
So this loaf is really lovely, it makes great toast, it’s dense and has a lovely crisp crust. The dough is quite wet and sticky but you just have to knead it for a few minutes then it holds its shape in the tin.
If you prefer you can use half spelt and half white flour or wholemeal which makes the dough slightly easier to work with and less sticky but then its not quite so nutritious! Its still miles ahead of shop bought bread, which is generally full of additives, flour improvers, preservatives, sugar and pesticide laden flour!
500g spelt flour or( 250g spelt and 250g white or wholemeal flour)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon quick yeast
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup or honey
400ml warm water
1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil
A large handful sunflower seeds, about ¼ cup
A large handful of walnuts, roughly chopped (optional but recommended)
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11/9/2015 10:38:06 pm
Yes I've actually eaten the rest of it today Jenna, it was so good. I had it toasted for breakfast and lunch with coconut oil, peanut butter, banana & cinnamon!
11/12/2015 01:28:28 pm
Hello. I have a nut allergy so that rules the walnuts out, and it might rule out sunflower seeds if I can't find any of them without nut warnings. What could I use in their place? Chia seeds? Want to try bake this at the weekend!
11/12/2015 03:21:36 pm
Hi Lisa, any seeds would work and the walnuts are just an optional extra. Try poppy seeds, linseeds or chia seeds! Be warned, this bread is seriously addictive, you will probably eat the lot although it is seriously good for you so no worries there! It makes fab toast ! Good luck!
11/14/2015 10:45:11 pm
Bread is in the oven. So looking forward to trying my 1st homemade spelt loaf.
11/15/2015 12:11:16 am
Late supper for the Jardines. Cudnt wait to try the bread. Scrummy.. I am converter. Even my fussy hubby enjoyed it. I have been slowly but definitely weaning us all off white bread then on to granary but the deed is now done. Spelt bread will be a regular in the Jardine household. Cannot wait to let my daughter sample. I am so glad I have access delicious healthy recipes. Coconut scones are next on the list.
11/15/2015 09:14:19 am
Hi Ella, delighted to hear you and your family enjoyed the spelt bread!
4/7/2016 01:09:12 pm
Janice it must be so delicious , I never tried it before but today I will ask my mom to cook it for me thanks for the recipe xx
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