I have never made spelt bread before, but after reading about this grain in an old book which was set in medieval times, I thought I’d try and find out what it tastes like.
I loved the taste the grain and with the molasses it makes the bread taste unique.
Yields 2 loaves
2 1/2 cups warm water
3–4 Tbsp. molasses
2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
3 cups whole wheat (or spelt) pastry flour, sifted
1/4 cup organic oil such as sunflower
5–5 1/2 cups whole wheat (or spelt) pastry flour, sifted
1/4 cup organic soy milk
3 tsp. sea salt
3 tsp. herb seasoning
2 Tbsp. powdered egg replacer
2 Tbsp. gluten flour (optional)
1. Mix water, 1 Tbsp. molasses and yeast together in a large bowl. Wait a few minutes for bubbles to form. Add the 3 cups of flour and mix well. Cover the bowl and set in a warm place. Let sit for a minimum of 20 minutes, two hours, or up to a day.
2. Pour in molasses, oil, soy milk, sea salt, herb seasoning, egg replacer and gluten flour. Mix. Begin adding remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. After the third cup, it begins to get dense. Begin kneading it in the bowl. It will be sticky; continue adding the rest of the flour. Knead for 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
3. Cut dough into two equal parts. Shape into loaves and place them into two oiled bread pans. (or make approximately 24 rolls or one loaf and 12 rolls)
4. Cover pans with a clean towel and set in a warm place until dough is doubled in size. This will take at least an hour.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 176°C (350 F) for 30–40 minutes or until golden-brown and a paring knife comes out dry.