Easy peasy recipe for delicous & healthy Spelt Bread
Posted on July 02 2013
I never thought I'd be the type to bake bread, but after finding an easy-peasy & quick recipe in James Duigan's Clean & Lean book, there's no stopping me! There really is no substitute for home-baked bread; it tastes delicious, makes the house smell dreamy & spelt bread is really good for those with a wheat intolerance.
Let the magic begin!
I like to put on a flowery apron, put on some classical music & make a cup of coffee whilst I'm baking, just cos it makes me feel all grown up - but that's just me!
After a few tries I've perfected & added to the recipe, so here's the Marzipants version (thank you James for getting me started!)
500g Spelt Flour (you can find Spelt at most supermarket's or Dove Farm do a great range)
1g Fast Acting Yeast
1 teaspoon Salt (Maldon Salt is best)
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
50g Sunflower Seeds
50g Pumpkin Seeds
500ml Warm Water
How to make:
* Heat oven to 220°C / 400 °F
* Mix up all the ingredients in a large bowl leaving the water until last. You can substitute any of the seeds for whatever you've got in the cupboard - poppy seeds, pine nuts, sesame seeds - go wild!
* Knead well until it feels nice & smooth & soft.
* Cover with a tea-towel & leave somewhere nice & warm for 1/2 hr so the dough has time to rise. My friend Stefan leaves his in a warm tumble dryer & I like to leave mine upstairs in the sun in the wheelhouse of our boat. Get creative about where you leave yours!
* Put into a greased loaf tin & criss-cross the top with a knife (or get artistic & create your own design).
* Bake in the oven for 40 mins to 1 hr (depends on how you like your bread - more doughy, or crispier).
* Take out of the oven, leave to sit for 10 mins & then EAT IT ALL UP whilst feeling rather proud of yourself for channelling your inner Mary Berry.
If you prefer a sweeter bread you can add some Agave syrup to the recipe & then glaze the top of the loaf 15 mins before you take it out of the oven with a mixture of warm water & Agave syrup. Let me know how you get on & would love to hear if you've got any extra tips. Here's a snap of me & the girls from my recent yoga holiday enjoying some freshly baked bread on board a few weeks ago.