Hello everyone and welcome,
Today’s post made totally out of necessity. My local organic grocery store was out of the spelt bread I like for a week. So, I decided to make my own. I usually don’t bake bread because of how time-consuming it is. Well, we needed bread, so it looks like I better get baking. I decided to try a few shortcuts to speed up the process and it they really helped.
- 4 1/2 cups organic spelt flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 teaspoons fine pink Himalayan salt
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 3/4 cups water 110°F
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon oil ( I used grapeseed )
- 1 tablespoon organic Chia seeds (optional)
1. Shortcut #1( Use a food processor.) In a food processor add the flour, salt, and yeast. (* Add salt and yeast on opposing sides, to keep from deactivating the yeast. You simply don’t want to put the salt and yeast on top of each other.) Pulse for 30 seconds to get the ingredients mixed together.
2. In a large measuring cup add the water and honey and mix until the honey is completely dissolved.
3. Add the honey & water mixture to the flour. Pulse for 30-45 seconds. Your dough should form a ball.
4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and shape into a neater ball. Set the dough in a well-floured bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size , about 1- 1 1/2 hours (Shortcut #2 I places my bowl with the dough on top of a plate and placed it on top of my toaster oven. Next set my toaster oven to warm for 20 minutes. My dough had completely risen in 30 minutes.)
5. Oil and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Gently punch your dough down. Fold the dough into a loaf shape. Transfer the dough to the loaf pan, seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. ( To shorten the time use shortcut #2.)
6. Bake in a preheated 450°F oven for about 35 minutes (*optional firmly press chia seeds or seeds of choice on to the top of bread prior to placing in the oven.) Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then tip it out onto a rack to cool completely before serving. Store in an air tight containers or large plastic zip lock bag.
I hope you will give this easy to make bread a try and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.