Yummy Spelt Loaf

So since being back at university, I’ve made the decision to make my own bread! It tastes 10x better than shop bought loaves and doesn’t even cost that much more!

I’ve decided to use spelt flour as it has a range of benefits over wheat. It is packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential organic compounds that other cereals and forms of wheat don’t contain. It is known to lower cholesterol, increase circulation, control diabetes and boost your immune system. So the question you’ve really got to be asking yourself is, why would you NOT use spelt? (well the answer to that is if you’re a celiac. Unfortunately spelt flour still contains gluten!)

Lets kick things off.

Firstly, you need to grab your favourite apron and pull a cheesy pose…

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For this recipe you will need:

500g of spelt flour

1/2 tsp of salt

1tsp of quick yeast

1tbsp of clear honey

300ml of warm water

1 tbsp of oil

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In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, quick yeast and honey.

P1000403 P1000406 P1000408 P1000409 P1000414Carefully measure the water and roughly mix it into the flour.

P1000416 P1000418While the dough is still ‘claggy’ add the oil and knead well until it feels smooth and pliable.

P1000419 P1000421Leave your baby (the dough) in a bowl covered with a cloth to double in size (for roughly an hour) and get on watching your favourite TV series (my pick of the week is Homeland, I’ve got through the first 3 seasons in less than a week… clearly my uni studies are going well)

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Once the hour is up turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it firmly for several minutes, really work those muscles!

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P1000447Cover the tin and leave the dough to rise for about 25 minutes in a warm place, and then get back to that series…

P1000451Once it has risen, bake in a preheated oven (200°C fan or 220°C normal) for 35/40 minutes. I usually stick a knife into the centre to make sure its not still doughy, if it comes out clean you know its baked through!

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Now it’s time to tuck in, cut your bread into slices, boil some eggs, slice some avocados and sprinkle some S&P. Yummy!

P1000461 P1000463 P1000465Maybe sneak a piece whilst your eggs are boiling… Just look at the way the butter has melted into the warm bread!P1000466 P1000467 P1000468 P1000471Bon appétite!

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