100% Spelt Bread Machine Recipe Makes 1 medium loaf.
by Nicola Warnants - health and home-baking enthusiast.
This recipe has been developed in a Panasonic Breadmaking machine. The recipe should be made exactly as follows and makes delicious very well risen bread every time.
Follow a rapid bake programme
1 1/2 teaspoons Fast-action dried yeast
500g Bacheldre stoneground spelt organic flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
335 ml tepid water
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
We particularly like this recipe as it doesn't need sugar, and olive oil is healthier and easier than butter. Also it is all spelt with no standard wheat flour which can upset some people's digestion.
Spelt Flour is an ancient relative of modern wheat, it has a delicious and distinctive nutty wheaty flavour. Spelt contains gluten which makes it ideal for bread making; the gluten, however is more fragile than that found in wheat, making it easier to digest.
The gluten structure needs to be taken into consideration whilst baking with it. It requires less kneading so reduce this time by half and it also proves (rises) in about half the time of ordinary wheat so reduce this accordingly. If following a wheat bread recipe reduce the water slightly.
When using a bread machine select the shortest cycle available (about an hour). Otherwise if left to prove too long it will rise up and then collapse. If you do not have a short cycle, use the bread machine to mix the dough and prove the bread, but once the bread is raised you can remove the tin and bake in the oven.