Spelt Bread Recipe for a Bread Machine

Spelt Bread
Spelt bread -- I love my bread machine. Shereen Jegtvig
Total Time 190 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 180 min
Yield one loaf (about 10 slices)

I absolutely love spelt bread. Spelt is an ancient grain that's the great-grandfather of modern day wheat. Spelt bread has a delicious nutty flavor that I think is superior to any other whole wheat or multi-grain bread. I also love spelt because it's high in dietary fiber, so it's an excellent whole grain to add to your diet.

You need a little oil for this recipe. I use canola oil for this recipe because it has almost no saturated fat and is one of the healthier cooking oils because it's high in omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats, but you can use a different vegetable oil if you prefer.

Note: Spelt contains gluten, but it isn't as 'powerful' as the gluten found in wheat flour (especially bread flour), so it doesn't rise as high. I've found it helps to keep an eye on the bread dough for the first few minutes. If the dough looks too runny, I add a little more flour, and if it seems like it's too dry, I add a tablespoon or two of water. Sometimes, despite my best efforts, the loaf doesn't rise properly and even falls when it bakes. The bread still tastes fine -- it just looks a little sad.

If you don't want to risk a fallen loaf, feel free to add a tablespoon of vital wheat gluten to the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup water (approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten

Preparation

Pour water into bread machine loaf pan. Next, add salt, canola oil, and honey.

Add the flour, in a mound shape, so some of it sticks up above the water (this is especially important if you set your bread machine to start later in the day -- you want to keep the yeast away from the water until the dough begins to mix).

With a spoon, make a small well in the center of the mound, and then pour the yeast into that well.

Set bread maker to 1 1/2 pound loaf (basic setting) with a medium crust or see your manufacturer's instruction manual.

Nutrition information: One loaf of bread makes about ten slices. Each slice has 228 calories, 4.3 grams fat, 350 milligrams sodium, 40.4 grams carbohydrates, 5.8 grams fiber, and 5.9 grams protein.

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