Spelt is much easier to digest than modern-wheat; see here for an explanation. Many people who find they have bloating, indigestion or tiredness after eating wheat, discover that eating spelt doesn’t cause any of those problems.
Spelt flour is now readily available in, even in most mainstream supermarkets. You can bake with wholegrain alone or mix wholegrain and white for a lighter loaf. This spelt loaf in bread-maker recipe is for a medium spelt loaf, using an equal mix of wholegrain and white. Experiment with what works best for your and your family’s palate, noting that the more wholegrain you add, the more yeast you’ll need. It is best to limit the amount of yeast in your diet (see here), so bear that in mind. Toasting bread also reduces the negative effects of the yeast.
I use an old Panasonic bread-maker which doesn’t have a specific spelt setting or paddle. It doesn’t cause any problems, I use the French bread setting as it has a quick knead period and a long bake period. If you are approximating this on your machine, try looking for a setting with ~10 minute knead, ~1 1/2 hour rise and ~1 hour bake.
The bread has a flat or slightly sunken top.
Spelt loaf in bread-maker
- 1 tsp quick rise yeast for bread-makers
- 200 g wholegrain spelt flour
- 200 g white spelt flour
- 1 tsp raw cane sugar / demerara sugar
- 1 tsp rock salt if you don't have it, use normal salt
- 40 g olive oil
- 300 ml (300g) water
- Put the bread pan on the scales, set to zero, and weigh out all the ingredients into the pan in the order listed above.
- Put the bread pan into the bread-maker and choose appropriate setting. I use Panasonic French setting but you may need to choose another (see notes above). Press Start and wait for your delicious bread to be ready!
TJ · July 10, 2018 at 21:02
How would I modify this recipe for US measurements? I’m okay with grams, but I understand that a British teaspoon is different than an American teaspoon.
Kate · July 11, 2018 at 19:53
Hi there, 1 UK teaspoon is 1.2 US teaspoons. I hope that helps.
TJ · March 26, 2019 at 19:00
One other question: how much yeast should I use if using all whole-grain spelt flour and no white spelt flour?
Kate · March 26, 2019 at 20:55
I’d go for 1.5 tsp, that should work. Enjoy!
Yo mama · May 27, 2022 at 18:24
What if I on,y what to use white spelt ? Also you didn’t mention what size the loaf setting should be? 900g?
I use instant yeast…how much do I use
Kate · May 27, 2022 at 19:21
I would say a small loaf, 700g.
White spelt by itself works fine, you just need slightly less yeast.
Instant yeast is the same as quick action yeast.