I first came across spelt flour when making Edd Kimber's chocolate sables (which by the way were delicious, check out his website for the recipe). Since hunting down spelt flour I have been wanting to try making some bread with it. I wasn't disappointed, and it's also reminded me how nice it is to make your own bread.
If you fancy making some here's what you need:
300g spelt flour
200g strong white bread flour
1 x 7g sachet of yeast
1 tsp. salt
- Mix the flour, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl, making sure you don't let the yeast come in direct contact with the salt as it will kill it.
- Using your fingers, rub in the butter.
- Gradually add the water, mixing it in with your hands. Don't use all the water if the dough is becoming too wet.
- Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about ten minutes.
- Transfer the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with lightly oiled cling film. Leave to rise somewhere warm for about an hour and a half.
- In this time the dough should have at least doubled.
- Knock back the dough, put it in a greased loaf tin (or shape it on a baking tray), cover with cling film, and leave for about an hour, until doubled in size.
- While it is rising, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6. Once the dough is ready bake, remove the cling film and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, until golden. To know whether it's baked through or not the bread should sound hollow when you tap the base.