Monday, December 28, 2009

Bread, Bread Glorious (spelt) Bread!

In November my hubby bought me a Breville breadmaker oven.  I know this may sound a tad weird but I think it is one of the best additions Ive ever had to my kitchen.
The things is what bread do I make?  I played around with a few different flours.
I have never realy had white bread in the house so my kids dont realy know what white bread taste like.
I have always had a thing for grains and wholesome bread.  My husband has had a bit of trouble with his stomach the past couple of years and we are in the process of eliminating different reasons for this.  We still arnt 100% sure of the reason but our next option is trying to cut back on wheat products etc.
I have had a try at making organic spelt bread.  I went to Mrs flannerys and got some wholemeal  organic spelt flour.  I googled the net for a recipe.  I came across this recipe below, but I just halved the recipe as it makes a better size for my bread maker.


1¼ cups (310ml) warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg
3 ½ cups (375g) organic spelt flour
1 tablespoon bread improver
2 teaspoons yeast
1 pinch sea salt

Preparation method

1. Mix together the water, oil, honey and egg. Place in pan of bread machine then add all the dry ingredients. Start the “white bread cycle” on bread machine.

This is the recipe I use for my Pizza bases...
Put ingredients into your bread machine in this order:

•1 cup warm water
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•1 tablespoon honey
•1.5 teaspoons sea salt
•3 cups sprouted spelt flour (or your favorite whole-grain flour, or bread flour)
•2.5 teaspoons active dry yeast

Set your machine for dough cycle (mine takes one hour and 50 minutes) and be sure to check about five minutes into kneading to make sure your dough is a smooth ball. You may need to add a little more water or a smidge more flour, depending.

Realy, realy nice with fresh shaved ham from the butcher, organic, preservative free feta, fresh olives and pesto all from your local farmers markets and I also add mushrooms, capsicum, zuccini and occasionally some oil free, reduced fat sundried tomatoes~Nice with a glass of red too. DELISH! (the Kids even like it ).

I LOVE SPELT bread.  Im a total convert.  In my opinion, it is a little like Sourdough.  Its a heavier type of bread but so soft and spongy.
My favourite is a poached egg ( a tiny bit runny) on spelt bread.  The egg kinda soaks into the bread without making it soggy...Yummmmm!

Spelt is not strictly gluten free but is easier to digest than wheat. So probably not real great for gluten intolerant people or ones with celiac disease.  However, it is a great way to cut back on it.  I actually feel better for eating it.  My family realy love it too.
If you havnt tried it yet...You must.  Bon appetit!


  1. Love the sound of the spelt bread. Thank you for the recipe. Was the flour bread flour or just 'normal' baking flour? What breadmaker do you have? I have an old Breville that has seen better days. I'm hoping to get a Breville Ikon next month. Enjoy reading your blog. Thanks.

  2. Hi there...welcome to my blog. I have a Breville model number BBM100.
    Also, with the spelt flour....Im not 100% sure, as Im still pretty new to this. I am assuming it is just plain flour, not bread flour. I purchase it from Mrs flanneries here on the gold coast, Im not sure if you have it where you are but its a fantastic place to get...everything!
    It says on the tub where I scoop it from smply "wholemeal spelt flour" so I guess it it just plain old flour.
    Thanks again, and I am so happy you enjoy reading my blog. I hope You continue to enjoy xo

  3. Sorry..Its wholemeal ORGANIC spelt flour :0P

  4. Thanks for the welcome. Happy New Year to you & your family. I have just moved from Melbourne to the Coast, so I am close to a Mr's Flannerys. Tomorrow is a 10% off day I think? I used to get all my breadmaking flours from really fantastic products. I have not yet decided if the shipping cost can be justified though! Up here I have found have not yet ordered but will soon. They have Spelt, which thanks to your post I am very keen to try.

  5. Hi, yes...tomorrow is 10% off woohoo! I checked out the sites you quoted and they look pretty good. When I have a bit more time I will look into it as Im looking into buying it more cheaper in bulk. Sounds good.
    Im glad I have also (kinda) converted you LOL Let know how it goes, it's sooo nice!