About this recipe: Spelt is an excellent candidate for soda bread and makes a tasty loaf that some people find easier to digest than regular wheat. This bread calls for sesame seeds, as well, but you can omit them if liked, or substitute them for another seed, like sunflower.
Placing a tin of the same size over the top of the loaf while baking gives it a lovely crust.
I made this recently because I had a bag of Spelt flour left over from a recipe for Brownies I had made for my daughter. I halved the ingredients to make one loaf, had to use crushed Almonds, nothing else in the cupboard and Almond milk as I am diary free. It was easy to pull all the ingredients together and as there is no waiting around to "prove" it the mix (quite wet) is simply poured into a bread tin. It took an hour in the oven, (175c in a fan oven) and had a firm crust. I thought it was fine, an easy quick bread to make but a little disapointed as it was not as light as I thought it would be. I put this down to myself as I may not have mixed the ingredients enough. I will probably make it again and try to improve my techniques in the prep stage but I think a 3 star rating is all I can give for a first time effort. - 23 Apr 2017
As far as spelt bread recipes go, this is by far the best I've tried. It is also very forgiving and easy to experiment with. I have tried this recipes with flax, sesame and sunflower seeds (in various combinations) and it has turned out well every time. Much like other reviewers, I add honey (about 1/8 cup) and 1 tsp of xantan gum when I have it. Another to die for combination my family enjoys is cinnamon raisin. 3/4 cups raisins (soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained) and cinnamon to taste (approx 2tsp for me)... when toasted with butter is fantastic! - 20 Mar 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This recipe IS truly simple & very user friendly. I dont normally bake bread, but due to my sons wheat allergy, I thought I'd try this spelt recipe. Now...not being totally equiped with all ingredients, I used alot of substitutes. ie: had no sesame seeds, so I used half poppy seeds and half crushed blanched almonds; had no molasses, so used part brown sugar and part maple syrup to make up the tbsp; had no cows milk so used a rice milk. Oh and I added a touch more b/soda. All I can say is this was one fantastic loaf of bread! It rose up beautifully and was soooo yummy. So I guess I played around with this recipe due to lack of exact ingredients, but must say I had alot of fun making the bread. Thanks so much Jean for sharing this great bread recipe! YYYYUM! - 19 Feb 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)