Homemade Spelt Bread

There is nothing quite like the overpowering aroma or utterly perfect taste of warm, soft bread straight out of the oven. Freshly baked breads are the best and this simple recipe is one of my personal favorites. It produces a nutritious homemade loaf with very few ingredients and a tiny amount of prep work. (no kneading required!!!)

Spelt is a distant cousin to wheat which dates back over 7,000 years. Although closely related to its popular relative, spelt contains more protein, fiber, and B-complex vitamins than wheat.  This nutritious grain also provides a healthy amount of rioboflavin, niacin, thiamine, iron, manganese, and copper.

Spelt does contain gluten and is therefore not a suitable grain for individuals with celiac disease. However, many individuals who have minor sensitivities to wheat can enjoy spelt without discomfort or reactions.

Spelt has a slightly nutty flavor and produces a soft, chewy bread.

Homemade Spelt Bread

Makes 16 servings (1 serving: 1 slice of bread)

2.75 cups (425 g) whole grain spelt flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

6 tablespoons hulled sunflower seeds

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups water

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 355 degrees F.

Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl.  Add sunflower seeds and salt and combine thoroughly. Form a well in the center of the dry mix. Pour water into the well and lightly mix ingredients together with a spoon, until evenly mixed.  Try to use as little mixing as possible to achieve an even mix.

Pour the bread mixture into a bread pan misted with cooking spray. Bake in the center of the oven for about 60 minutes, until well risen and evenly browned.

Recipe Note: Homemade breads have a shorter shelf life since they contain none of the preservatives and stabilisers used by a lot of commercial bakeries. Therefore this bread is most delicious if eaten fresh within 24 to 48 hours of baking. Any bread that won’t be eaten immediately can be frozen and enjoyed later. Freeze individual slices wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 6 months in the freezer. To defrost just pop an individual slice in a toaster or warmed oven for 5 minutes.

Nutrition facts per serving (serving size: 1 slice of bread): 107 calories, 120 mg sodium, 18 g total carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein

BALANCE IT OUT: This bread works wonderfully anywhere you would normally use the store-bought version.  Enjoy it for morning toast, healthy sandwiches, or alongside soups or stews.

Lots of Love,

Renee

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