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About Spelt Bread

I enjoy using Spelt in breads for a number of reasons. It has a delicious, nutty flavor; it’s fairly easy to find in stores or at the farmer’s market; and it’s a genetically unmodified grain.

Spelt is one of the super grains. It has 42 chromosomes like modern wheat, but it's hybritization occurred naturally.  It’s a descendant of Emmer and another wild grass.  It is a hulled grain, like emmer and einkorn, and belongs to the same family of plants as bamboo, rice, sorghum, and sugarcane and modern bread wheat.  It is the most similar to modern wheat and can be used in a lot of the same ways you would use modern bread flour - i.e. bread and pasta.

Sourdough Asiago Rosemary Spelt Bread

Spelt contains more protein than modern wheat, and the protein is easier for a lot of people to digest. This means that some people who are allergic to wheat may be able to tolerate it. It has gluten, just like wheat, so it is not suitable for a gluten-free diet.

All-purpose Spelt can be used as a substitute for bread flour and the whole grain flour as a substitute for whole wheat flour, but the proteins are fragile so the dough requires less mixing and kneading. As a general rule, you'll need to reduce the liquid by about 25% because it doesn't absorb as much water as modern bread flour.



You might like one of these spelt breads


5-Grain Bread with oats, rye, brown rice and spelt flours 5-Grain Loaf with Cranberries & Walnuts - includes oats, rye, brown rice, and Spelt flour
Ancient Grain Tartine with Spelt, Einkorn & KAMUT flours Ancient Grain Tartine - with Spelt, Einkorn & KAMUT flours.
Chocolate Prune No Knead Spelt Bread Chocolate & Prune No Knead Spelt Bread - a deliciously chocolate bread with dried plums.
Cornmeal Spelts Cornmeal Spelts - A hearty pancake recipe (from Rod in Dallas) with nutritional attitude. The natual flavors combine to create a delicious pancake that can be served at any meal.
Whole Grain Spelt Bread mixed in an EZDOH Crusy Spelt Bread with overnight sponge - made with whole grain and all-purpose spelt flours.
Sourdough Spelt with Flax Seeds

Spelt Sourdough with Flax Seed Soaker - This sourdough bread is made with a Spelt levain, a flax seed soaker, white Spelt flour and Whole Grain Spelt Flour.

Easy Little Bread

Easy Bread made with Spelt - This easy bread is made with whole spelt flour instead of whole wheat flour and spelt flakes instead of rolled oats.

Easy Cheesy Sourdough Spelt Popovers Easy Cheesy Sourdough Spelt Popovers with parmesan and cracked pepper.
Einkorn and Spelt Pain au Levain with Caramelized Onions Einkorn & Spelt Pain au Levain with Caramelized Onions - a delicous sourdough herb loaf with onions.
Filabuster Bread with flax seeds and spelt flour. Filabuster Bread - This nutritious bread (from Rod in Dallas) is made with organic Spelt flour & flax seed.
Five Grain Spelt Levain

Five Grain Spelt Levain - A delicious and chewy loaf made with spelt flour and a mixture of flax seeds, sesame seeds, oats and rye flakes.

Herb Sourdough Garlic Pullapart Bread with Spelt Sourdough Pull Apart Bread - Delicious pullapart bread with garlic & herbs and Spelt flour.
Spelt Hazelnut Twists

Hazelnut Spelt Twists - These delicious and fun bread twists are made with a spelt levain, spelt and all-purpose flour, hazelnuts and dates.

Spelt Bread

Hildegard's Spelt Loaf - 100% Spelt Loaf made with spelt flour and spelt flakes.

Make Ahead Spelt Dinner Rolls Honey Spelt Rolls - These rolls are super easy! The dough can be made ahead of time and frozen.
Italian Chocolate Chip Bread

Italian Chocolate Chip Bread with Spelt - A delicious Italian Chocolate Chip Bread made with a mixture of all-purpose and spelt flours and a little bit of cocoa and semisweet chocolate chips.

Italian Spelt Bread

Italian Spelt Loaves - The biga and dough for this Italian Bread is made completely Spelt flour.

Multigrain Sourdough Spelt in Pot

Multi-grain Sourdough Spelt in a Pot - This loaf, baked in a pot, includes a mixture of several grains and seeds and can be made with a sourdough starter or poolish.

Italian Spelt Bread

No Knead Holiday Spelt Loaves with Anise -The combination of flavors in this bread are delightful; olive oil, anise, vanilla, and lemon.

No Knead Seven Grain Bread

No Knead Seven Grain Bread with Spelt - A healthy no knead bread…easy to make and tastes good too.

Pumpkin 'N Spice Spelt Scones for Fall Pumpkin 'N Spice Scones for Fall are made with pumpkin puree and spelt and include a hint of spices and chopped nuts.
Red Wine and Cheese Bread

Red Wine and Cheese Bread with Spelt -This bread is made with rye flour, whole wheat spelt and all-purpose flours and includes red wine and cheese for a wonderful combination.

Roasted Potato and Onion Spelt Bread

Roasted Potato, Onion and Spelt Loaves -Roasted Potato, Onion and Spelt Bread made with a mixture of bread flour, white spelt flour and whole grain spelt flour.

Roasted Garlic Spelt Bread with Cheese Rustic Garlic Spelt Bread - with sourdough, home-milled flour, garlic and cheese.
Rustic White, Rye & Spelt Sourdough Bread Rustic White, Rye & Spelt Sourdoughis made with all-purpose flour, rye and Spelt and includes a little bit of olive oil.
Sesame Spelt Crackers Sesame Spelt Crackers - Using a combination of whole grain spelt and white spelt flours, these crackers are risen with yeast and enriched with butter, honey and topped with lot’s of sesame seeds.
Semolina Spelt and Sesame Seed Loaves

Semolina Spelt and Sesame Seed Loaves - The semolina and sesame seeds provide a slightly nutty and crunchy flavor and the Spelt provides extra nutrients.

Soft Crust Spelt Sourdough Soft Crust Spelt Sourdough Sandwich Bread - A sourdough bread for all seasons and flours. It can be baked as a soft crust sourdough sandwich loaf in a loaf pan (or freeform) to please picky kids or adults.
Soft Spelt Pretzels Soft Spelt Pretzels - made with all-purpose and whole grain Spelt flour.
Multigrain Sourdough Bread with overnight soaker and ancient grains Sourdough Multigrain Bread - This healthy bread is made with an overnight soaker and the ancient grains Spelt & Einkorn.
Sourdough Asiago Rosemary Spelt Bread baked in Emile Henry Bread Cloche

Sourdough Asiago Rosemary Spelt Bread Sourdough bread infused with flavor due to the fresh rosemary, cracked black pepper and Asiago cheese.

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread with Spelt

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread with Spelt - Utilizes sourdough instead of baking soda and includes all-purpose and whole grain spelt flour.


Sour Cream Banana Spelt Waffles Sour Cream & Banana Spelt Waffles - Made with whole grain flour, ripe bananas and a bit of sour cream.
Speedy Gonzalez Spelt Bread also known as Cuban Bread

Speedy Gonzalez Spelt Bread with a Hat - also known as Cuban Bread.

Spelteze Rolls Spelteze Rolls - This mild-tasting dough works great for baking rolls and bread strips to accompany soups and salads.
Spelt Country French Bread made in an EZDOH Country French Loaf - A french bread made with Spelt.
Spelt Bread

Spelt Loaf and Pizza - This dough is very versatile. It can be made into a freeform loaf, a sandwich loaf or Pizza.

Spelt Bread with Multigrain Soaker

Spelt Loaves with Multigrain Soaker -This Spelt Bread with Multigrain Soaker is made with 50/50 mixture of white spelt flour and whole wheat spelt and utilizes an overnight Pâte Fermentée and a multigrain soaker.

Spelt Bread with Pecans and Raisins

Spelt Loaves with Pecans and Raisins - Spelt Bread with Pecans and Raisins is a sweet and nutty flavored bread that contains no added sugar, just sweetness from the raisins.

Spelt & Rye Loaves with Cranberries and Walnuts Spelt & Rye Loaves with Walnuts & Cranberies - made with all-purpose and whole grain Spelt.
Light Wheat and Spelt Bread

Spelt and Whole Wheat Bread - A light and clean-flavored Spelt and Whole Wheat Bread which utilizes an overnight pâte fermentée to boost the flavor and improve the texture of the bread.

Spelt Sourdough with Popped Amaranth and Potato Spelt Sourdough - This Spelt Sourdough with Popped Amaranth and Potato is flexible, fermented and fun.
Sprouted Spelt Bread

Sprouted Spelt Bread - Sprouted Spelt Bread is made with sprouted spelt grains and spelt flour. It takes a couple of days to sprout the grains but it's worth the extra effort.

Spelt Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet Potato and Olive Oil Loaf with Spelt - Sweet Potato and Olive Oil Loaf with Spelt (Pain au Potiron) can be made with pumpkin or sweet potato.

Teff 'n Stuff Bread

Teff 'n Stuff Bread - A whimsical bread (from Rod in Dallas) made with Spelt, Teff, and bread flours, cocoa powder, and some dark raisins and walnuts thrown in for good measure.

Whipped Bread Whipped Bread - This bread is similar to Italian Ciabatta, but rather than being shaped like a slipper, it is twisted.
Spelt Levain

Whole Grain Spelt Levain - This Spelt Levain Loaf is made completely with whole grain spelt flour. It doesn’t contain any white bread flour.



How do you use spelt in breads?

Spelt flour can be used as an exact substitute for whole wheat flour in baking recipes, although the flavor will be deeper and richer, and the texture will vary slightly.

According to Purity Foods, the company that reintroduced spelt into North America in 1987, there are some important considerations that need to be taken into account when working with spelt.


1) You must use the correct amount of water. Too much, and the dough is sticky and weak and will not be able to hold the gasses that are produced during the fermentation process. Too little, and the dough will be dry and dense. It will not rise properly because the water never fully gets into the protein and there is nothing to hold the loaf up. Also, the dense loaf is too tight to allow the yeast gases to expand the loaf.

2) You must also mix it just right. Too little mixing causes the dough to be crumbly (one of the problems you mention) and it will not develop the necessary protein to cause it to expand properly. A dough mixed too long will break down the fragile protein strands that hold in the gases. The first few minutes of mixing are critical, the company says. From the moment you add the water to the flour, you should take no more than 4 minutes to mix the dough completely.

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